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Supreme Court Terms People Involved In Corruption National Criminals

The Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that people involved in corruption are national criminals while the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has not made anyone confessing the crime.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Mushir Alam reserved judgement in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Workers Welfare Fund corruption case of Rs 1.20 billion.

During the course of hearing Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, a member of the bench, observed that people involved in corruption were national criminals while the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had not made anyone confessing the crime.

He said that in order to eradicate corruption, the anti-graft body would have to change its policy.

Chairman and prosecutor general NAB appeared before the court in the instant matter.

Investigation officer NAB submitted that the anti-graft body had filed references against six accused person in the matter in hand.

Justice Dost Muhammad Khan asked as to what action had been taken against the bank officials involved in the mega scam.

Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Chaudhry informed the court that one Tariq Awan was the main accused in the case while the bank officials who cleared bogus cheques were granted bail by the court.

Justice dost Muhammad Khan asked chairman NAB that the authority had not yet made any one to admit his crime, adding that people, involved in corruption were national criminals.

Chairman NAB however, replied that voluntarily returning of an embezzled amount and under plea bargain was admission of a crime. Later, the court reserved judgment in the instant matter.

Earlier, on January 21, a two member bench of the apex court comprising Justice Ijaz Afzal Khan and Justice Muhammad Faisal Arab while hearing the matter at Peshawar Registry issued release order of former secretary Workers Welfare Board, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Tariq Awan, on bail in cases of corrupt practices and misuse of authority.

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