ISLAMABAD: An accountability court here on Monday reserved a decision on pleas filed by three new suspects in a supplementary graft reference filed against them along with former finance minister Ishaq Dar with regard to alleged accumulation of assets beyond known sources of income.
The recently-filed supplementary reference by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) nominated three new suspects, National Bank President Saeed Ahmed, Mansoor Rizvi and Naeem Mehmood along with the former finance minister, including over 10 new prosecution witnesses who will testify against the accused persons.
At the outset of court proceedings today, Qazi Misbah, the counsel of the new suspects, presented his arguments in the case and said the NAB prosecution had provided his clients with a reference comprising 700 pages.
He pleaded with the judge to defer indictment of his clients today in the graft case and grant the defendants time to go through the reference thoroughly before submission of a reply to the court.
NAB prosecutor Imran Shafique opposed the plea submitted by the suspects and contended that the defence lawyer is employing delay tactics.
The prosecutor said the defendants have been provided with copies of the witnesses’ testimony and FIR registered at police station.
Hearing the arguments from both sides, the accountability judge then reserved a decision on the request for a deferral of indictment of three new suspects.
Trial proceedings against Dar
Previously, the accountability court had concluded its trial proceedings in a graft reference against Dar filed by the NAB in compliance with the Supreme Court’s landmark July 28 verdict.
According to the NAB reference, Dar had acquired assets and pecuniary interests/resources in his name or in the name of his dependents of an approximate amount of Rs831.678 million as per the investigation conducted so far.
The supplementary reference was filed after conclusion of previous trial proceedings with testimonies of as many as 29 witnesses out of 30.
The recently-filed supplementary reference is based on seven volumes and includes the account details of the recently nominated accused persons, with transactions amounting to $4.06 million.