ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) barred the chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday from using power he is entitled to over voluntary return of funds.

The court ordered the department to submit details of the returns made in the past 10 years while Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, criticised the law regarding the issue.

The CJP said that NAB provided installment plan for culprits after cutting a deal with them.

The development came in during hearing of the suo moto notice of the law that permitted NAB over the return of funds.

Justice Amir Hani Muslim remarked that a criminal responsible for Rs100 million is not held accountable after he pays Rs20 million.

Section 25 of NAB Ordinance was meant to curb corruption and not add to it, he said.

However, the Attorney General informed the court that amendment in the laws regarding NAB was underway to which Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed replied that the case would continue to be heard and the government could amend the laws whenever it deemed right.

The hearing of the suo moto action was adjourned until November 7.