Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry has observed that it is the fundamental responsibility of the National Accountability Bureau (Nab) to weed out corruption from the country, not protect it. He expressed his anger over the Nab’s action of removing the investigating officer from the Rental Power case. The Chief Justice also refused to hear the arguments from Rana Zahid who appeared in place of Deputy Prosecutor Fauzi Zafar.

The government has been playing dirty tricks in handling the infamous rental power scandal involving corruption of the order of billions. Initially, it changed the investigating officer and replaced him with a favourite one that had annoyed the apex court. It ordered Nab to arrest those behind this move, but was informed on Saturday that some officials, including Director General Nab Rawalpindi, Principal Secretary Brig Farooq and DIG Operations Shahzad Bhatti had been suspended and the investigation had been re-assigned to Asghar Khan. Questioning why those involved in the scandal had not been arrested so far, the Chief Justice issued a strict order to arrest them without exception, irrespective of how high offices they hold. The next hearing was fixed for Jan 15. Rental Power projects are seen as the worst example of corruption where huge sums have been dished out to favourites even before they could be commissioned.