Punjab ACE being used as ‘political tool’: LHC

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DG says not seeking Sana’s arrest

While expressing its annoyance at the Anti-Corruption Establishment Punjab chief, Lahore High Court on Friday remarked that the institution has become a “political tool”.

The remarks were passed by the LHC’s Rawalpindi bench when it heard the case filed by Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah against his arrest warrants issued by ACE Punjab. The director-general of ACE Punjab, Nadeem Sarwar, also appeared in court.

“Your institution has become a political tool. One [DG] comes and forms a case, another (DG) comes and finishes that case,” observed the court. It also slammed the official for obtaining Sanaullah’s arrest warrants by making a false statement.

“Tell the court if you wish to arrest Rana Sanaullah or not,” asked the court. At this, the DG said that his department is not interested in arresting the interior minister.

Upon hearing this, the court sent Rana Sanaullah’s case to a trial court, adding that the minister can file an application for acquittal under 249A.

At the last hearing, the court had warned that it would send the anti-corruption watchdog’s additional director general to jail over incorrect registration of the case.

The court adjourned the hearing till October 28 and directed DG ACE Punjab to appear in court with the complete record of the case along with full preparation.

 

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