ISLAMABAD The Supreme Court on Friday exempted Begum Nusrat Bhutto from in-person appearance in accountability case on medical grounds. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday took suo moto notice of summoning of former chairperson of Pakistan Peoples Party Begum Nusrat Bhutto in the Cotecna Reference by an accountability court of Rawalpindi. The court ordered the Prosecutor General to present the Accountability Court order and Nusrat Bhuttos medical certificate. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) informed the court that NAB Chairman had submitted a medical certificate of Begum Nusrat Bhutto in the accountability court and on the basis of that certificate exemption of Begum Bhutto from personal appearance was sought, but the court declined. The court observed that since the copy of the accountability courts order was not available, thus no comments on the order could be made. However, in pending decision of instant matter, personal appearance of Begum Nusrat Bhutto to attend the court in Cotecna case is exempted, the court said in its order. The court directed the accountability court to proceed with Cotecna case in absence of Begum Nusrat Bhutto along with other accused in accordance with law and issued notices to NAB Prosecutor General. The court also directed its Registrar to procure the judicial order of the accountability court for perusal of judges and adjourned further hearing for May 5. The accountability court had issued fresh summons for Begum Nusrat Bhutto after rejecting NABs request to exempt the ailing mother of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto from personal appearance. The court observed that being an investigation agency NAB could not seek exemption from personal appearance for Begum Nusrat Bhutto and that she herself or her counsel should approach the court for the purpose. In the reference, the former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and President Asif Ali Zardari had been accused of taking 6 percent of the total pre-shipment revenue for awarding the contract to Cotecna. It has been alleged that they received $11.8 million in kickbacks for the $131 million contract.