Former president Asif Ali Zardari on Friday filed yet one more petition pertaining to an ongoing investigation of the pretend accounts case, urging the Supreme Court docket to “restrain the FIA (Federal Investigation Company)/JIT (Joint Investigation Crew)” from probing the alleged rip-off.
In keeping with the petition, the Supreme Court docket verdict that was handed final month, had directed an FIA JIT — that was constituted by the highest courtroom to probe the case — to help the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) when required. Although NAB has launched an investigation of the case, the FIA JIT was nonetheless “illegally” finishing up a “parallel inquiry”and was, subsequently, violating the Supreme Court docket order, it stated.
The enchantment stated that the JIT had summoned Abu Bakr Zardari, who’s the authorized adviser of the Zardari Group, on Feb 12 to query him on the matter. The investigation, the petition claimed, “amounted to parallel train of energy” and was in opposition to Article 13 of the Structure in addition to the highest courtroom’s verdict.
The petition additional stated that investigation of the identical case by two departments on the identical time “was more likely to prejudice trial of the accused individuals”.
Although NAB has initiated an investigation, the FIA has but to switch the case formally. Yesterday, the FIA prosecutor had knowledgeable a banking courtroom that NAB chairman had signed the request for the case’s switch and report was being transferred to the anti-corruption watchdog. An enchantment shall be filed within the Supreme Court docket on this regard by tomorrow, he had stated.
The Supreme Court docket’s order final month requested the anti-corruption watchdog to conclude its investigation inside two months. These discovered responsible of corruption may have two choices: both to face a reference or ask for a plea cut price.
The JIT had accused 172 individuals of getting pretend financial institution accounts and indulging in cash laundering in its investigation report that was submitted to the apex courtroom in December final 12 months. They embody PPP co-chairman Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Faryal Talpur, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and Bahria City proprietor Malik Riaz.