Islamabad: SC orders arrest of former Ogra chief
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of former chairman of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra), Tauqir Sadiq, in the illegal appointment case and sought a comprehensive report from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on progress in the case.
A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heard the case. At the onset of the hearing, NAB Deputy Prosecutor General Fauzi Kazmi submitted details of terms of reference (ToR) and minutes of the executive board meetings of the anti-graft body relating to the matter in pursuance of the court orders.
Kazmi apprised the bench that a reference against Tauqir Sadiq had been finalised, which would be filed in the next two days. He told the court that the former Ogra chairman reportedly had gone underground in Lahore. He alleged that the Punjab Police were providing shelter to Sadiq.
The chief justice remarked that it was important to produce Sadiq along with the reference before the court and said there was rampant corruption in the country whereas the NAB was responsible for the menace.
Justice Iftikhar observed that one of the ministers, being a member of the selection committee who had finalised the name of Tauqir Sadiq as the chairman Ogra, was the prime minister. He said action against a common man was initiated whereas influential persons were spared.
Justice Iftikhar further observed that the NAB’s authority was weakened while there was an influential person like the prime minister of the country, adding that proceedings should be initiated against those who were involved in protecting an accused. He said the IG should also be arrested if he was giving protection to the accused.
After seeking a comprehensive report from the NAB pertaining to action against Tauqir Sadiq, the court adjourned the hearing of the case till tomorrow (Thursday).