Islamabad - The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Chairman National Accountability Bureau to submit a report on what action has been taken against the NAB officials allegedly involved in non-arrest of main accused of Patoki housing society case.
A three-member bench headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja was hearing case of not arresting the main accused, Muhammad Ameen, of Ghulshan Dost Muhammad Housing Foundation, Patoki, Lahore.
The accused including three brothers Muhammad Ameen, Mohammad Jamil and Muhammad Hameed, and their manager Faiz Ahmed, committed Rs80 million fraud in the sale of plots. They received the money from the people but did not hand them over the plots. When the case was filed in NAB the accused returned only Rs55 million.
Complying the court order, NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman appeared before the bench and sought time for thorough study. However, the bench asked him to inform whether they could arrest Muhammad Ameen, and what action has been taken against the NAB officials who are hurdle in the way of his arrest.
Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked that four years have passed, as the first case diary of the matter was prepared in April 2011 and now is 2015, and still the NAB is unable to arrest a person, about that it had all the details.
The NAB chairman informed that when he took over the charge at that time there was severe shortage of human resources and efficiency, adding now the situation in NAB is much better. He requested the court to give at least one week.
The court turned down his prayer and asked him tell by Thursday about the arrest of Muhammad Ameen, the main accused of Patoki Housing Society. The judge said the NAB is getting annual budget of Rs 6 billion besides its 400 employees, but even then it could not arrest one man.
The case was adjourned till today.
Meanwhile, another three-member bench headed by Justice Ameer Hani Muslim, hearing a bail matter of a person, Muhammad Gufran, who along with other five persons had embezzled the compensation amount of D I Khan bomb blast victims’ families.
Many people had died in 2006 bomb blast in D I Khan. The provincial government announced compensation for the legal heirs of the deceased. However, some officials of Revenue and Administration departments of Khyber Pukhtoon Khawa embezzled the compensation money.
A committee headed by Commissioner D I Khan held inquiry and found DCO Mohsin Shah misappropriated Rs6.32 million, Qaisar Naz, tehsildar, Rs1.88 million, Azizullah Rs1.58 million, Asadullah Rs0.79 million and Mohammad Abbas Rs0.79 million.
The committee then referred the matter to NAB for action. When the NAB held inquiry these officials voluntarily appeared before the NAB and returned the money.
Prosecutor General NAB Kabir Waqas Dar, appearing before the court, informed that the DG NAB KPK had quashed the inquiry. The bench observed that according to National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999 only the NAB chairman was authorized to quash the inquiry. The PG informed that under Section 25(a) of NAO the chairman could delegate this power to Director General.
During the proceedings, NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman was present in the court. The bench ordered the PG to submit a report about the cases wherein the NAB chairman power can assign to the DGs.
The court observed that prima facie it appeared no disciplinary action had been taken against those officials, who had embezzled millions of rupees, allocated for the payment of compensation to the martyrs’ families.
The court also issued notice to Advocate General KPK to submit report how these officials were restored. The bench questioned whether this had happened that an officer is removed from job on the charges of corruption.
The case hearing was adjourned till 20th February.