ISLAMABAD (APP) - The Supreme Court on Monday put off hearing till second week of January, the appointment issue of Chairman National Accountability Bureau after it was apprised that Federation had not yet decided to engage a counsel to represent it in the instant matter. Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, a senior counsel, apprised that he was not approached by the concerned quarters as was told during previous proceedings. The matter to represent Federation was inconclusive and if approached, he would take a decision. 'For the time being, I am not in the case, he added. He said that Attorney General for Pakistan was already put on notice by the apex court to assist it over the issue and since then the Federation had the problem of representation. The bench comprising Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed and Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali observed in its order that since the matter was complicated and time consuming, therefore, it was adjourned till second week of January. The bench took up a constitutional plea of Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and a separate plea of Shahid Orakzai. To Muhammad Akram Sheikhs remark, counsel for Ch. Nisar, Justice Javed Iqbal said that they had to look into three questions whether the appointment was made in accordance with law, whether the Prime Minister was consulted, and whether the principle laid down in Mubashar Hassans case reviving 'consultative process was followed. He said that the counsel could submit a concise statement over the issue. Orakzai, appearing in person, stated that under Article 100 Attorney General was not responsible to represent Federation unless the government entrusted him. Dr Khalid Ranjha, counsel for Chairman NAB Syed Deedar Hussain Shah, was also present during the proceedings. Ch Nisar Ali Khan in his plea moved through Muhammad Akram Sheikh, had contended that NAB Chairmans appointment was made without consultation with the Leader of the House, Leader of the Opposition and the Chief Justice of Pakistan. The NAB Chairmans appointment could be made through meaningful consultation as envisaged under Article 48A in which the President could make appointment after an advice from the Prime Minister, he said. He had stated that by making such appointment, the mandatory consultation with the Chief Justice of Pakistan was also neglected which stood revived after Asfandyar Wali Khan and NRO cases. He prayed in order to secure the fundamental rights of life, liberty, fair trial, due process of law and access to justice of citizens of Pakistan, Justice (R) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah should be directed to forthwith relinquish his office and the said office be declared vacant. Shahid Orakazai, another petitioner, had apprised the bench during last hearing that NAB Chairmans appointment was illegal. He had said a retired judge of the apex Court could not be appointed on such post. Deedar Shahs appointment was made after a directive of the apex Court of September 1. After the apex Courts decision on Dr. Mubashar Hassans case, the then NAB Chairman Naweed Ahsan had resigned from his post in February. However, this resignation was not accepted till June 14 and with effect from the said date, Javed Qazi, the Deputy Chairman NAB was notified as acting Chairman NAB. Javed Qazi continued to perform the functions of Chairman NAB in his capacity as Acting Chairman till Sept 1 2010 when, through another verdict the Court declared his position as illegal. The Court had further directed that a regular appointment to the vacant office of NAB Chairman be made within 30 days.