ISLAMABAD – A two-member Supreme Court bench on Tuesday directed the reconciliatory committee to submit within three weeks its report in Bank of Punjab corruption case and adjourned the matter till third week of January.
The bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain was hearing Bank of Punjab corruption case.
The court directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to provide the reconciliatory committee, details pertaining to sale of assets of owners of Haris Steel Mills, besides directing the reconciliatory committee to submit its report within three weeks while completing the probe in the matter. Bank of Punjab’s counsel Khawaja Haris Ahmad contended before the court that the bank was not cooperating in provision of details, thus he would not represent it. He asked the bank to hire another counsel in the case. During the hearing, the chief justice noted that hurdles were being created for the reconciliatory committee, constituted by the court .The court directed that unless the court’s order was not implemented in letter and spirit, NAB would not interfere in the matter.
The court further ruled that if needed, Sheikh Afzal, owner of Haris Steel Mills, be produced before the reconciliatory committee. Prosecutor General NAB K.K Agha however assured the court for not taking any measure that could affect the orders of the court. Counsel for Haris Steel Mills informed the court about the plea bargain of his client. The chief justice however said that without the court’s permission, nobody could enter into plea bargain.
Later, the court directed the reconciliatory committee to submit its report within three weeks and adjourned the hearing till third week of January.