Islamabad: Corruption case against Saifullah disposed of
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday disposed of an accountability case against former petroleum minister Anwar Saifullah Khan under the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). A three-member SC bench comprising Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar and Justices Chaudhry Ejaz Yousaf and Muhammad Farrukh Mahmud disposed of the case.
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Counsel Ahmer Bilal Sufi told the court that the NAB wanted to withdraw the corruption reference against the former minister under the NRO. He said the reference had been filed before 1999.
On the last hearing regarding the case, the court issued notices to the NAB prosecutor general asking him to explain whether the former minister could benefit from the NRO, which was promulgated by President Pervez Musharraf on October 5, 2007, giving indemnity to public office-holders charged with corruption from 1986 to 1999.
An accountability court had earlier sentenced Anwar Saifullah to one year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5 million, for appointing 145 people in the oil and gas sector in violation of the legal recruitment procedure. The sentence was later set aside by a high court.
The NAB then moved an appeal in the SC against the high court’s decision. The appeal has remained pending with the SC for the past seven years.