NAB’s performance in Saaf Pani Company case disappointing: CJP

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday said he was not satisfied with the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) performance in the Saaf Pani Company case.
“NAB’s performance in this case has been disappointing,” the chief justice said while heading a three-judge bench at the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry. The bench was hearing a suo motu case regarding Saaf Pani Company.
Expressing anger over NAB’s failure to provide a detailed inquiry report, Justice Nisar remarked, “Apprise the NAB chairman of the court’s concerns.”
Also upset at the establishment secretary’s lack of cooperation with NAB, Justice Nisar ordered that the accountability body be provided a list of company officials and those who went on deputation.
“What happened regarding an inquiry into the assets of the CEOs and other officials of the company?” the chief justice asked during the hearing. The NAB prosecutor responded, “Inquiry has been completed into the assets of six CEOs.”
“The Punjab government submitted the record of company officials on July 22 owing to which there was a delay in the inquiry,” the NAB prosecutor added.
He further said that a probe could not be conducted into the assets of all company officials due to a lack of cooperation from the establishment division. To this, the top court directed the Punjab chief secretary and secretary establishment to cooperate with NAB.
“They will appear in court over failure to follow orders,” the chief justice remarked.
Further the court observed, “Start collecting money that was stolen, it will come in use to build Diamer-Bhasha dam.”—INP

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