Peshawar: NAB arrests doctor on corruption charges
PESHAWAR, March 22: The medical superintendent of Peshawar City Hospital was arrested here on Tuesday by the National Accountability Bureau outside the high court building, where he was going to seek pre-arrest bail.
The NAB(KPK) had earlier this month filed a reference against Dr Muhammad Saleem, who is a former medical superintendent of Hayatabad Medical Complex, before the accountability court charging him with having assets to the tune of Rs43.441 million, which were disproportionate to his known source of income.
Two petitions of Dr Saleem — one for pre-arrest bail and the other a contempt of court plea against the director general of NAB(KPK) — were fixed for hearing on Tuesday before a two-member bench of the high court comprising Chief Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel.
Witnesses told Dawn that the petitioner was taken into custody near the high court when he was heading towards the entrance of the building.
In the contempt of court petition, the bench fixed April 21 for the next hearing with the direction that the director general, NAB(KPK), Brig (retd) Muhammad Musaddiq Abbassi, should appear in person.
The instant petition was filed by Dr Saleem after the DG allegedly violated an earlier order of the high court whereby the court had ruled that the DG had no authority to freeze the assets of the petitioner. The court in that case had ordered to unfreeze the assets of the petitioner. At that time an inquiry was in progress against the petitioner.
The petitioner alleged that despite the court orders the DG again issued an order for freezing his properties, but the accountability court had declared it contrary to the direction of the high court.
Advocate Qazi Jawad Ahsanullah Qureshi appeared for the petitioner and contended that despite issuance of a show cause notice to the director general, he had not been appearing before the court.
Two deputy prosecutors general (DPGs) of NAB, Jamal Khattak and Ijaz Ahmad, appeared on behalf of the DG and produced a medical certificate stating that he had received injuries in a road accident and the doctors had advised him complete rest.