NAB plea bargain case: SC orders govt to bring new ordinance in three months 1

NAB plea bargain case: SC orders govt to bring new ordinance in three months


Islamabad: the Supreme Court gave the government three months on Wednesday to propose a new regulation on state responsibility, while also hearing a joint case about the voluntary restitution of misappropriated funds in corruption cases.

Last month, the government adopted a presidential decree to thoroughly amend the Accountability Act, the National Accountability Regulations 1999, to make important changes to the powers of the regulatory body.

A petition was filed against the Supreme Court amendment demanding an immediate order to suspend it because it had violated Article 25 of the Constitution and wanted to protect corruption.

Supreme Court judge Gulzar Ahmed has ordered the government not to extend the case, otherwise the Supreme Court will rule itself after three months.

“The Supreme Court has [already] restricted the use of plea bargains by the National Bank,” he added, adding that the authority was unable to use plea negotiating powers for parliamentary law.

The Supreme Court further stated that Parliament has a responsibility to make changes to the NAB legislation.

“If one of the National Bank’s provisions is called” unconstitutional “, the National Bank will not continue to work,” he asked. Does the government want the court to order suspension of the rules of the National Bank?

The court further stated that the NAB (amending regulation) had paralyzed the functioning of the supervisory authority and that the office would have to have cases for ten years.

The court stated that the National Bank conducted an initial investigation, followed by an investigation, and that in subsequent phases dozens of witness statements were included in corruption cases.

“This way the case will never end,” Judge Gulzar said, adding that predators would still be “affected” even in the case of voluntary restitution of misappropriated assets in corruption cases.

At the same time, the Supreme Court also expressed the hope that the issue could be resolved if Senator Farooq Naek proposed an amendment to the decision.

“The government has tried to reach agreement between political parties,” the court said.

It has been found that the advocacy negotiation clause in the anti-corruption law allows corruption / misappropriation of resources to be voluntarily returned, which is contrary to constitutional provisions, since it promotes corruption.

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