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Jun 02, 2020 PRINT EDITION

imageISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Tuesday directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) authorities to submit comprehensive report on 50 mega corruption cases.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Maqbool Baqar heard a case regarding performance of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed observed that NAB authorities had acquitted almost 75 percent accused on the basis of "Plea Bargain" and volunteer recovery according to record of the Bureau.

Taking up matter about the performance of the NAB, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed remarked that credibility of the NAB can be judged that people prefer to lodge complaint to Rangers, police and media about corruption but they do not like to inform NAB about corruption.

The bench directed the NAB officials to submit details of 50 mega corruption cases in three phases.

Details will be submitted In the court in three phases as in first phase details of financial scams, in second phase details of real estate corruption scams and in the last phase details of cases relating to abuse of power, the bench directed.

Later, the hearing of the case was adjourned till July, 7. Meanwhile, the bench also heard a petition filed by a journalist Asad Kharal about the privatization of Muslim Commercial Bank (MCB) and adjourned hearing till Wednesday (tomorrow).

The petitioner informed the court that the NAB officials had been misleading the court about the privatization of MCB.

On this, Justice Maqbool Baqar remarked that NAB had become a safe haven for corrupt people.

The petitioner said that he can submit a sealed list of those big guns that shifted their cases to NAB.

The court accepted the plea and sought list of people who intentionally shifted their cases to NAB.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015