National Accountability (Amendment) Ordinance 2019 challenged in SC


Islamabad: A petition filed Monday at the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) questioned the State Responsibility Scheme (amendment) 2019 issued by a presidential decision of the Tehreek-e-Insaf government (PTI) on Friday, This regulation is related to the Accountability Act, the National Accountability Regulations 1999.

A petition by Farogh Nawaz Bhatti states that the amendment violates various fundamental rights and violates the rule of law and the exploitation of the public.

It further stated that the amendment was an attempt to create division in society. The federal government, Prime Minister Imran Khan, the National Accountability Office (NAB), the Federal Revenue Service (FBR) and the Pakistani Securities and Exchange Commission (SECP) have become responses to the petition.

The application requires the Supreme Court to immediately order the cancellation of State responsibility (amendment) Regulation 2019, while claiming that the amendment violates Article 25 of the Constitution, and aims to protect ministers and government officials subject to financial action as government corruption Group (FATF) is strictly prohibited.

It asked the Supreme Court to order NAB to submit trade statistics and claimed that tax authorities and traders were involved in corrupt practices.

According to the amendment, NAB can now only accept cases involving corruption or corrupt practices that exceed Rs 500 crore, and will not take action against government employees if the department is defective.

“Although this or any other existing law is currently in force, the NAB may not investigate, investigate, arrest or prosecute officials as national accused persons or witnesses, and a new clause has been inserted in Article 33-F of the law.

Another amendment prohibits supervisory authorities from seizing ownership of public officials without prior approval from the monitoring committee.

According to an amendment, “investigations and investigations must be transferred to the relevant competent authority or department of relevant tax laws, tax and counterfeiting laws.

“The trial must be transferred from the relevant accountability chamber to the criminal court, which is responsible for handling crimes according to relevant legislation regarding tax legislation, taxation and counterfeit products.”

In addition, another amendment requires the NAB president to develop a “complaint complaint mechanism to handle complaints against the NAB” and to present a quarterly report on its performance to the federal government.

In a summary sent by the Legal Department to the Federal Cabinet, the government stated that the National Bank is processing a large number of investigations and investigations, including the handling of major corruption cases.

“Under the current system, due to procedural errors that do not involve actual corruption, many investigations have been conducted among officials and government officials. This has increased the burden on national banks and affected the work of the federal government.”

It further states that the NAB has parallel jurisdiction and investigates matters in the field of taxation, levy and interference with tax regulators.

It added: “It is therefore necessary to define the areas of NAB’s activities through subject change.”

Anti-corruption agencies have less jurisdiction over taxes, scholarships and IPOs. FBR, SECP and construction control agencies are the only agencies responsible for all such matters.

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