ISLAMABAD, Feb 1: The Supreme Court office has declined to accept a set of objections made by the National Accountability Bureau to the court’s decision to investigate the mysterious death of NAB Assistant Director Kamran Faisal.
The information was placed on Friday before a two-judge bench comprising Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain which had taken up the case.
The bench was assigned the task by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to look into the circumstances leading to the death of the NAB investigator who was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his residence in Federal Lodges, Islamabad, on Jan 18.
At the last hearing on Jan 28, NAB’s Prosecutor General K.K. Agha had pleaded that the case should not be heard by the apex court, particularly by the current bench.
He said he would submit a written statement giving reasons for the objection to the hearing.
But when the bench asked for the statement on Friday, Mr Agha sought time and said the one he had filed on Thursday had been returned by the court office with certain objections.
He informed the court that he intended to meet NAB Chairman Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari to discuss how to modify and redraft the statement by removing the objections raised by the court office.
The court accepted his request for time and adjourned the hearing to Feb 11. It granted exemption to the NAB chief from court appearance unless specifically asked for.
NOTIFICATION: Meanwhile, Attorney General Irfan Qadir submitted to the bench a government notification appointing Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal as a one-man commission to investigate Kamran Faisal’s death.
After going through the notification, the bench said it was not a judicial commission; rather a commission of inquiry.
Dr Anwar Saeed Chaudhry, an elder of Faisal’s family, informed the court that he would be representing the family in the case.
The court asked him to submit a written contention which would also be handed over to NAB.
Justice Khawaja again explained that the court was taking up the case of mysterious death of Kamran Faisal because it wanted to ascertain the ramification and implications since the deceased was investigating the high-profile rental power projects scam which also involved Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf.