Blocking accounts in NAB inquiries under sec. 23 declared illegal by IHC

Blocking accounts in NAB inquiries under sec. 23 declared illegal by IHC

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Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has declared that in the investigation of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the blocked accounts under Article 23 are illegal.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) announced on Saturday that, pursuant to Article 23, the order prohibits blocking the bank accounts of suspected criminals.

The court said that if NAB intends to freeze assets on an inquiry, it should be ordered under section 12. According to the law, NAB should complete the inquiry and investigation swiftly but in reality it takes many years, the order said.

According to the decision issued by the Islamabad High Court, blocking bank accounts for years on mere allegations and depriving someone of drawing funds from their account because of the investigation agency’s delays is a violation of fundamental constitutional rights.

It added that if the state has the responsibility to punish the perpetrators, it is also necessary to give citizens the right to use their money.

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