Top court allows Zardari case transfer plea

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad

The top court has overruled its registrar office’s objections to an application of former president Asif Ali Zardari to transfer corruption cases filed against him in accountability courts of Islamabad to similar courts in Karachi, where Zardari has a permanent residence.
In its two pages order, a three-judge bench led by Justice Umar Ata Bandial noted that the points raised by Zardari’s counsel Farooq H Naek in his application require “judicial application of mind”.
“Therefore, the objections raised by the registrar ought to be decided by the court. Accordingly, the said objections are overruled. “Let the CMAs [civil miscellaneous appeals] be numbered and fixed in the court after winter vacations. These miscellaneous appeals are accordingly allowed,” said the order authored by Justice Bandial.
The hearing on the registrar office’s objections was conducted on December 15. However, the matter is yet to be placed before a bench for regular hearing.
The order said it appeared that the remedy provided in Section 16 A (c) of the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 might not be available to Zardari because of an unequivocal direction in paragraph No 37 (vi) of the SC’s January 7, 2019 order about filing of the references in Islamabad.