ISLAMABAD The Supreme Court on Friday directed Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Prosecutor General NAB to explain their positions for giving false statements about the termination of prosecutors before the apex court on January 27. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry issued these directions while hearing a bail plea of one Farooq Ansari, a central character of Bankers City Housing Society (BCHS) fraud who is presently under NAB custody. The SC further asked Chairman NAB to explain the matter of termination of persecutors and provide the list of dismissed prosecutors on the aforesaid date. The bench comprising Justice Chaudhry Ijaz Ahmed and Justice Ghulam Rabbani also directed DG Rawalpindi Development Authority to inform the court about the property of BCHS owner. It also asked RDA to inform the court whether or not the civic body wanted to purchase the land. During the course of proceedings, the CJ said why there was procrastination in filing references from NAB against the accused. People are suffering and languishing in jails and there are no references from NAB so far, the CJ said adding, If this is the case, the apex court will grant the collective bail to all arrested persons. In reply to the inquiry, Acting Prosecutor General NAB Chaudhry Sultan Mansoor informed the court that it was attributed to the shortage of prosecutors because of the government policy. However, there is no government policy on terminating the services of Prosecutors, he explained. On this point, the CJ took strong notice of the reply of Acting Prosecutor General NAB and asked him to clarify the matter. Due to your (NAB) same attitude, we gave observation against you in the NRO case, the CJ said adding, If the Govt was not involved in the dismissal of prosecutors, why NAB had accused the govt in that matter. The court in its order further said if the termination of services was done on governments orders, then too it was illegal prima facie. It is pertinent to note that on the last hearing, the court had asked NAB to submit report on the shortage of prosecutors as well as the delay in proceedings of references in the accountability courts. Deputy Prosecutor General NAB, Asghar Rana, on Friday presented a report about the termination of the prosecutors, according to which the NAB prosecutors were terminated under the Government policy, which was issued on January 25, 2009. Meanwhile, owner of the BCHS, Rahat Mahmood, appeared before the court and said that RDA had agreed to acquire land of his society and he would soon pay the amount of all affectees, if the court would give some time. Later the hearing was adjourned till January 27.