A division bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) comprising Justice Amer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb has directed parties to make final arguments in a petition filed by former Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin who is seeking cancellation of corruption reference against him in Rental Power Projects (RPP) corruption references against him.
The court on Monday remarked that maintainability of the petition would be decided after the final arguments. The bench has also sought para-wise in the case.
Tarin’s counsel, Salman Aslam Butt, argued before the bench that the reference was filed against Tarin after the court had taken cognizance in the case. Usually, the counsel said, the NAB chairman approved a reference and then the trial court takes cognizance of the case. He said that procedural malafide was apparent in the case as opinion was formed against Tarin at later stages. NAB’s Additional Deputy Prosecutor General, Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi however submitted that Tarin was one of 12 suspects in the case and cancellation of reference to the extent to petitioner could not be done. He apprised the court that trial had commenced, charge sheet submitted and six out of 43 witnesses have already been examined in the case.
Besides, the prosecutor said, the trial court had already dismissed an application of the suspect moved under section 265-K (power of court to acquit accused at any stage) of the Criminal Procedure Code.