SC summons copy of NAB chairman’s letter to President; CJ says will not let judiciary be maligned

SC summons copy of NAB chairman’s letter to President; CJ says will not let judiciary be maligned

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): The Supreme Court has summoned an attested copy of the letter written by Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Fasih Bokhari to President Zardari, in which he had accused the apex court of pressurizing NAB officers and of interfering in their duties. Chief Justice said court only follows the law and no one would be allowed to disrupt courts, adding chairman NAB tried to influence the court through this letter.

Chief Justice said letter is like committing contempt of court, adding that the only way to get rid of courts is that courts should be closed down. The court has summoned explanation from chairman NAB why this letter has been written to president.

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed heard the case concerning implementation of its March 2012 ruling in the rental power projects (RPP) case. Chief justice said that the contents of the letter are very dangerous, adding that the court read out this letter. Chief justice said that we have ready this letter in newspapers, adding that the effort has been made to pressurize the court through this letter. NAB prosecutor KK Agha said that the written order should be issued; otherwise the NAB chairman would not submit his reply.

Chief justice said that when the cases are pending in courts then the permission of writing these kinds of letters could not be given; adding weather chairman NAB is trying to influence the court or instigating hatred against court, adding that whosoever does this comes in the contempt of court.

During the hearing, the chief justice inquired NAB Prosecutor General KK Agha on the bureau chairman’s letter to the president expressing reservations over the judiciary.

Chief Justice Iftikhar said the court would examine the contents of the letter to determine the reasons that may have led Bokhari to draft it.

“We want to determine whether the letter was written in an effort to pressurize the court or to spread hatred against the judiciary,” said the chief justice. “We are very serious about this and will not allow the judiciary to be maligned by anyone.” “We did not allow a military dictator to interfere in the court’s proceedings, how we can allow the NAB chairman to do so?”

The apex court then issued written orders to authorities to submit a verified copy of the said letter and to also determine and inform the court as to how it was released to the media.

Chief Justice remarked that the apex court wanted to scrutinize the purpose of the letter written by the NAB chairman. The chief justice added that letter was an attempt to pressure the court and had malicious content that fell under the category of spreading hatred against the court.

The apex court will evaluate if the NAB chairman had the legal authority to write this. The Supreme Court has also sought details regarding the recipients of the letter.

The chief justice asserted that no one will be allowed to interfere in the judicial process.

The letter written by the NAB chairman stated that officers of the bureau were under pressure from the institutions of the country. When CJ asked the prosecutor general, he expressed the probability of the reservations to be true.

Chairman NAB Admiral (retired) Fasih Bukhari did not appear in the court during the hearing of case on Wednesday.

Chief justice said no one could influence the courts. Petitioner of the case Khawaja Muhammad Asif said the letter was provided to media by the media wing of NAB.

Later on the court directing chairman NAB to provide copy of the letter in court adjourned the further hearing till today (Thursday).

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