National Acceptability Bureau (NAB) Chairman, Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal Thursday said 1,210 corruption references of Rs900 billion were under trial in different accountability courts of the country. Addressing a seminar entitled ‘Corruption is Big Hindrance in Economic Development’ organized here by NAB Rawalpindi Bureau, he said the Bureau was giving priority to take mega corruption cases to logical conclusion.
He said the Bureau believes in investigation of white color crimes amid complete documentary evidences and on basis of scientific ground.
The NAB chairman said the Bureau was also investigating Mudarba Scandal cases on priority as 34 accused had been arrested while those who had gone abroad would be brought back through Interpol. He said NAB had filed a Mudarba case against Mufti Ehsan in Accountability Court Islamabad which had sentenced him 10 years imprisonment and fined Rs9 billion.
In this case, nine other accused were also fined Rs1 billion. Justice Javed said NAB had won Mufti Ehsan Mudarba case of Rs10 billion and this amount would be recovered from them and later, be distributed among affected persons. due to efficient prosecution, NAB had won this mega corruption case, he added. Moreover, he said, of the total 179 mega corruption cases, the Bureau had filed 105 references in accountability courts after completing all legal formalities. He said NAB had also recovered Rs 297 billion from corrupt elements and submitted the amount in national exchequer.
He said corruption was ruining our economy and NAB was committed to end corruption from society.