ISLAMABAD Fate of the beneficiaries of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) is hanging in balance, as cases of corruption and criminal nature dumped under the ordinance may likely be taken up by the courts, once the ordinance is lapsed, TheNation learnt on Friday. At a time when the Parliament could not adopt the ordinance as the permanent law, the goose of NRO will be cooked on November 28. Finally, Supreme Court has to decide the fate of NRO and the other ordinances not entertained by the Parliament, it was revealed during a survey. While talking to this scribe, majority of legal experts were of the view that if the top court of the country termed NRO null ab initio, all cases, which had been decided under this ordinance, would be reopened. The cases against those who got benefit through this notorious NRO, may become a cause of nuisance for top judiciary and the NRO beneficiaries. Former Federal Law Minister S M Zaffar said the matter of NRO was of complicated nature as many heads have decided to fight legal battle against NRO. When one goes to study Article 89 and 128 of the Constitution one may find that the said ordinance was going to lapse, he explained. The cases of those, who were benefited from the ordinance from October 5 to February 3, may not be taken up in the apex court, he added. Barrister Akram Sheikh said the SC was examining technicalities and important legal points related with immunity or NRO. He said that time between Oct 5, 2007 and February 3, 2008 would be the core matter of observation in the superior court. The court would examine the nature of references against different people and reasons for which they had been settled, the senior lawyer explained. Barrister Ahmed Raza Kasuri was of the view that the NRO might be compared with Nelson Mandelas 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission to thrash out dispute from the state. To determine legal points, he said, the time period to make NRO a law was going to expire next week adding that Article 89 of the Constitution gave 3 months to provincial assemblies and 120 days to federal government to make ordinance as the law. Former Federal law Minister Dr Khalid Ranjha said the cases against NRO beneficiaries, who got relief during specific time period could not be reopened. Clause 13 of 1973 Constitution does not allow any one to punish any person under new laws, who got justice under the prepaid law. When a person got relief under law, which was valid for time being how he/she can be punished later as this law is likely to be declared null and void, he explained. Another ex-law minister Fakhruddin G Ebrahim told this scribe that corruption references settled under NRO could not be reopened until the SC gave a ruling to that effect while deciding pending petitions against the law. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Law and Justice Afzal Sindhu said, It is not right that cases against beneficiaries will be opened after Nov 28. It is also pertinent to mention here that the apex court is seized with various petitions moved by Dr Mubashar and Roedad Khan pleading the court that the NRO was against the spirit of justice. The ordinance has violated fundamental rights, especially Article 25 and contravenes the United Nations convention against dishonesty, said their petitions. Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry was requested on August 12 by some senior judges of the apex court for constitution of a larger bench for hearing the NRO cases.