Court: SC rejects plea for stay of RPPs’ case proceedings

ISLAMABAD: A three-member Supreme Court bench on Wednesday rejected a plea filed by the National Accountability Bureau NAB seeking stay of Rental Power Projects RPPs implementation case’ proceedings.

The bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed also constituted a two-member separate bench comprising Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain to hear today Thursday a suo moto case pertaining to mysterious death of National Accountability Bureau’s NAB investigation officer Kamran Faisal in RPPs case.

The bench will find out the reasons behind the mysterious death of Kamran Faisal. During the Wednesday hearing of RPPs implementation case, the court noted that the colleagues, family and the general public at large had expressed concerns over the inquiry of Kamran Faisal’s mysterious death as the RPPs case involved extremely influential political and administrative authorities.

The court noted that ‘the responsibility to protect the loyal, honest and dedicated investigators lies with the state’. It said the facts were brought to the attention of the court and now it was its responsibility to ensure that justice is served.

Rejecting NAB’s plea seeking suspension of RPPs implementation case, the Chief Justice said that NAB should apprise the court about the objections it had mentioned earlier. Prosecutor General NAB KK Agha then stated that some developments had been made in the case that will be conveyed by the NAB chairman.

The Chief Justice asked Agha that if he did not want to appear in the case, the court was ready to hear the NAB chairman. Agha stated that the court had received two reports signed by NAB’s investigation officer Deputy Director Asghar Khan over the investigation of RPP case.

The Chief Justice noted that the order in the RPPs case was passed on the petitions of Faisal Saleh Hayat and Khawaja Asif. Agha stated that when Faisal Saleh Hayat had filed the petition, the court should have asked him to approach NAB.

The Chief Justice asked Agha that he should have raised this contention three years ago. He said now the time was over the court order had also come on the matter. Meanwhile, the court adjourned the hearing of RPPs implementation case till January 29.

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