- DMK doesn’t know how to use me...won’t vote this time: MK Alagiri
- Judiciary is destroying legislature brick by brick, says Arun Jaitley
- Activist Trupti Desai enters Haji Ali Dargah, offers prayers
- Policy making easy, political acceptance tougher part: Raghuram Rajan
- Man found hanging from tree near Parliament, suicide note recovered
Pakistan's big story this week was that the job of the prime minister was on the line ó until clarifications came. Daily Times reported on January 16: "A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of
Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to arrest all the
16 people, including the incumbent PM, involved in the rental power plants (RPP) scandal and submit a report..." In the next hearing, the SC rejected the NAB's report.
The twist came when the NAB later admitted that it
wasn't satisfied with its own report and termed it a hasty job. The Express Tribune reported on January 18: "...in his reply before the SC... NAB Chairman Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari termed the two reports examined by the bench 'inaccurate' and claimed they lacked the facts needed to proceed against the accused. Adopting an aggressive posture, he also questioned the SC's intervention in the case. The NAB chairman lectured the
bench regarding the apex court's limited powers and jurisdiction in the matter, saying, 'The SC is a constitutional court. It cannot, as such, monitor and examine
an ongoing investigation, which falls under the
jurisdiction of a trial court'."
A report in The Express Tribune quotes Chaudhry: "'There might be some who consider themselves above the law, but let me tell you no one is above the law. Why is your machinery not moving against the persons concerned, what is the hurdle here?' he asked NAB officials. 'I have an independent prosecution team and I do not like to intervene in their tasks,' maintained the NAB chairman. 'I am cooperating fully. let me assure you there is no influence being exerted on the investigation team,' he added." Another report in Dawn depicted the storm in the courtroom: "The back and forth continued throughout the day without much legal progress but towards the end a dramatic scene ensued when an NAB official stood up and asked the chief justice that he... should quit, instead of asking the bureau's officers to resign... Earlier, the NAB chairman asked the court to call him Admiral Bokhari and not Mr Bokhari. 'Kindly show me the respect as I am giving you the same,' he said... 'Sorry, Admiral Bokhari,' retorted the CJ, seemingly in a sarcastic tone."
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- States where cannabis sativa can be grown should take a more dispassionate look
- Socially-conscious cinema is demanding mainstream privileges
- Did anyone say assembly elections in West Bengal saw violence?
- Meanwhile on Uttarakhand, the BJP sputtered and stalled
- Using consumption expenditure to draw a poverty is a flawed rule