ISLAMABAD - The National Accountability Bureau on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that former Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) Chairman Tauqir Sadiq would be brought to Pakistan by the end of this month.

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, was hearing the contempt of court case against the former Ogra chief.

NAB Additional Prosecutor General Rana Zahid told the bench that they were making all possible efforts to apprehend the accused, saying documentation regarding extradition and deportation of Tauqir Sadiq had been finalised. The court in the last hearing had directed the authorities concerned to make tangible efforts to bring Tauqir Sadiq from United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Pakistan.

On November 25, last year, the Supreme Court struck down the appointment of Tauqir Sadiq as the Ogra chairman and ordered him to return all the salaries and privileges drawn from the public exchequer as the chairman.

Tauqir Sadiq, involved in the scam of Rs 83 billion, left for Katmandu with his wife Saiqa and two daughters on December 10 from the Karachi airport and reached UAE. The UAE authorities have extended his detention till February 27.

The case was adjourned till March 4, 2013.