ISLAMABAD - Around 70 percent of Voluntary Return cases settled by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) so far feature lower cadre government servants including teachers and revenue officials, details released by the Bureau said.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali on Monday last heard suo motu case on the plea bargain and voluntary returns.

The Supreme Court ordered the NAB Chairman against exercising the provision of voluntary returns under Section 25 (a) of NAO, 1999. The court also sought details of the people entering into voluntary return.

According the NAB documents, 2194 accused including businessmen, government officials and politicians entered voluntary return in last ten years.

The 476 accused were opted voluntary return only in last one year from 01-07-2015 to 30-06-2016. Around 289 government teachers entered voluntary return in the allegations of illegal of receipt remuneration/funds. The Bureau also did not mention the status of hundreds of accused in VR lists of last one year.

The documents further revealed that more than 450 revenue officials (Patwaris) and around 300 defaulters of different electricity supply companies also entered in VR from 2006 to 2015. The NAB also avoided showing the status of several accused in the lists.

The documents also revealed that accused Asif Kamal ex-chairman TIBL illegal deposited Rs 202,500,000 in the case of illegal placement of funds. He was agreed to return the amount of Rs 404,810,000 during inquiry.  Similarly, Hammad Arshad,  CEO, Al Hamra Hills (Pvt) Ltd, and Al Hamra Avenue (Pvt) Ltd deposited Rs  1,832,168,000  out of the agreed amount Rs  533,502,000 in case of investment of funds for plots through VR to NAB.

Earlier, NAB informed the court in the last week of September that 1,584 civil servants had entered into voluntary return and deposited Rs2022 million.

The NAB report said that 354 inquires, 141 investigation were conducted and 513 references had been filed so far.

The SC had also observed that voluntary return of the embezzled money by public servants under the provision of the National Accountability Bureau Ordinance was rising corruption and those officials should not be allowed to stay in service.