SC summons IB’s chief reply on misuse of funds

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Director General Intelligence Bureau IB to submit his written reply with his own signatures on the misuse of bureau’s secret fund till today Thursday.

A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ejaz was hearing a case pertaining to withdrawal of huge money from IB’s accounts by the PPP governments to buy loyalty of politicians in Punjab and other provinces in 19881990 and 200809.

IB Director General Akhtar Hassan Gorchani submitted his reply on Wednesday through the Attorney General Irfan Qadir. But the court rejected the reply stating that the reply did not have signatures of IB chief. Besides the language used in it was not appropriate.

The court noted that the reply did not mention the opinion of law ministry. But the Attorney General stated that the law ministry was consulted. The chief justice noted that instead of IB chief, the reply carried the signatures of Attorney General.

The court directed the IB chief to appear today Thursday with a detailed answer detailing where the funds withdrawn from the bureau’s secret fund were used, if not for toppling the Punjab government in 2009. Later the court adjourned the hearing till today Thursday.

The court had taken suo moto notice of a report which appeared in an English daily on March 14, alleging that Rs270 million had been withdrawn by the PPP government to dislodge the Punjab government in 200809.

The petitioner had also claimed that in addition to Rs270m, Rs360m had been withdrawn by the PPP government in 19881990 to remove the governments in the then NWFP and other provinces.

Leave a Reply