Islamabad: SC orders arrests of 2 NAB officials
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the arrest of two National Accountability Bureau officials, charging them with contempt of court, sources said.
A three-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice (CJ) Abdul Hameed Dogar ordered the arrest of NAB Monitoring Officer Col (r) Tariq Ali Bhatti and Investigating Officer Muhammad Aslam for manhandling a man on the SC premises.
The two officials were among the four or five men who beat Irfan Ali in the SC building. Irfan is an accountant in Haris Steel Industries (Pvt) Ltd. The bench convened a special session on an application moved by senior counsels – Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada, Senator Dr Babar Awan and Wasim Sajjad – representing the company.
The lawyers pleaded that the CJ take immediate action against the officials and order release of Irfan.
After hearing of a case of the company, Irfan was beaten up on the ground floor of the SC building by four to five officials of the NAB, the counsels said. The case centres on the transfer of Rs 9 billion Bank of Punjab (BoP) financial scam case from the Lahore High Court (LHC) to the apex court. The counsels on Thursday moved a petition in the SC requesting that the hearing of the BoP case be transferred to the apex court. The SC adjourned the hearing until August 6. Officials had earlier raided the company premises and confiscated Rs 270 million from its safes despite the restraint orders of the LHC. Reporters on the occasion were stopped from recording the incident at the time.
Justice Dogar summoned NAB Chairman Naveed Ahsan, NAB Prosecutor General Dr Danishwer Malik, Attorney General Malik Muhammad Qayyum and the officials after the matter was brought to his attention.