Top Court gives govt one-month to take decision for more ACs

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad

The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave a month to the federal government to take a decision on the establishment of 120 Accountability Courts (AC).
A three-member special judge bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed heard a suo-moto case related to the delay in the trial of National Accountability Bureau cases.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan has also sought a report from the Ministry of Law over NAB rules.
During the proceedings, NAB prosecutor prayed upon the court that NAB rules were pending in the law ministry to which the CJP said that the same thing was stated in the previous hearing.
“The attorney general is due to have an important meeting with the prime minister regarding the establishment of NAB courts,” the Additional Attorney General said.
He added that currently, 24 accountability courts were fully operational across the country and that there were no vacant seats in NAB courts.
The apex court expressed its frustration over the non-appointment of a permanent secretary in the law ministry and directed it to appoint one.
“Why is there no permanent secretary in the law ministry?” CJP Ahmed asked. “Ad-hoc system will not work.”
The NAB chairman also submitted a reply on the speedy decision of the cases on the order of the court, said the prosecutor general. The apex court adjourned the hearing of the case for a month.
In September, it was reported that the law ministry had finalised a comprehensive plan to ensure speedy dispensation of justice and to comply with the directions of the Supreme Court to the federal government for establishing 120 accountability courts across the country.
The plan included the overall human resources requirement and financial matters regarding the establishment of the additional courts.
“The federal government has been vigorously focusing to expedite the process of accountability across the board, for which these additional accountability courts would be established,” the ministry said in statement.

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