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Apex court clubs identical cases pertaining to NAB Ordinance

ISLAMABAD (APP): The Supreme Court on Tuesday clubbed all cases and appeals pertaining to section 17-D of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Ordinance.

A three member bench headed by Justice Umer Atta Bandial conducted hearing on above matter.

The court fixed all appeals pertaining to the NAB law for hearing in first week of next month.

Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi remarked that a seven member bench of the top court was hearing this matter.

Lawyer Tariq Mehmood pleaded that the maximum imprisonment sentence under NAB law was 14 years.

Whether an accused would face 14 year imprisonment in each case if he was sentenced in five references, he asked, adding that if this was so then it was an injustice with accused.

Giving reference of Nawaz Sharif case, he said ‘that time the top court had ordered the NAB to file three references. The section 17-D of NAB Ordinance should be interpreted, he said.

The NAB prosecutor requested the court to club the all identical cases and appeals.

SC dismisses NAB appeal seeking Shahbaz’s name in ECL: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday dismissed an appeal of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) seeking placement of PML-N’s President Shahbaz Sharif name in exit control list (ECL).

A division bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam and comprising Justice Munib Akhter conducted hearing on an appeal of NAB challenging the decision of Lahore High Court (LHC).

Deputy Prosecutor General NAB Jahanzeb Bharwana appeared before the court.

During the course of proceeding, Justice Munib Akhter remarked that the situation was different when this case was filed in LHC. The court would view the situation under which the LHC had given the decision for not placing accused name in ECL.

The accused was a renowned person of the country, he said.

NAB prosecutor pleaded that usually the accused flee abroad if their names were not placed in ECL, adding that around six people left the country during the phase of inquiries.

He said that the accused was currently in judicial custody. Shahbaz Sharif was accused of money laundering and holding assets beyond known sources.

He prayed the court to place the name of Shahbaz Sharif on ECL and turn down the decision of LHC.

Justice Muneeb remarked that a full court bench had given detailed judgment four days back regarding money laundering in Justice Isa case. The bench asked the NAB lawyer that why he came to court without reading this judgment. If the lawyer had read the judgment he never bother to file this appeal, he further remarked.

After this, the bench dismissed the appeal.

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