SC takes back ‘voluntary return’ powers from NAB  

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Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) has taken away powers of voluntary return from the chairperson of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as it resumed suo moto case on Monday.

Justice Ameer Hani of the Supreme Court said that these powers promoted a culture of corruption in NAB. The sources claimed that the voluntary return and plea bargain section in the NAB allows the office to clear a person from all his liabilities in the matter.

Moreover, it was noticed that the voluntary return and plea bargain section allows an individual person pay back the amount he has embezzled to the public money and the case is closed.

Chief Justice of SC Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali remarked that the bureau was using powers that even the court was not entitled to. He added that a person can visit the NAB office, settle the matter over a cup of coffee and save his job.

Separately, Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh asserted that the NAB was like a person standing in a line calling for “Do corruption and then return it voluntarily”.

“If a case goes to the FIA there is no choice of voluntary return, but the same case in NAB has the option of voluntary return. Isn’t this unfair?” he said.

Anwar Zaheer Jamali said that whoever made this law should be ashamed of him.

He went on to say that people around the world laugh on us. Is this how a country is governed?” he asked. The hearing was adjourned till November 7.

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