Pakistan, Islamabad News – The Supreme Court on Monday directed National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) and the foreign office to arrest former chairman Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) Tauqeer Sadiq till February 14.
A two-member bench, comprising of Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, resumed hearing on the case of multi-billion rupees corruption scam of former chairman OGRA.
The bench also directed NAB to submit documentary record over the arrest of former OGRA chief from January 1 onward.
During the course of proceeding, Deputy Director NAB Waqas Ahmed Khan apprised the apex court that the UAE government is going to release Tauqir Sadiq as his date of detention is going to expire on Feb14.
Justice Khawaja said that authorities should arrest Sadiq within this period and if they fail to do so then authorities should request the UAE government for an extension of 30 days of his detention.
He emphasized that case should be dealt under the deportation rules and should not be linked with extradition laws.
Meanwhile, Waqas Ahmed Khan informed the court that the cabinet division had written a letter to Chairman NAB Fasih Bokhari and sought an update on the case.
Khawaja, showing his disappointment, said that it would be an intervention by the cabinet division in the NAB’s independent, free and fair proceedings.
He said the court has already passed a verdict that the NAB is an independent department and it should work independently.
The bench also directed Pakistan Embassy in UAE, FIA, Ministry of Interior and NAB to make practical efforts to bring back the absconder.
The court also directed prosecutor NAB to submit an application to Rawalpindi court of accountability bureau for the issuance of absconder arrest warrant for making deportation possible.
Later, the court adjourned the hearing to February 18. APP