QUETTA: A divisional bench of the Balochistan High Court (BHC) has stopped the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from continuing with the practice of making 25 per cent cut in the money recovered from the accused under plea bargains. The NAB has been restrained from using the funds for cash reward given to its officials.
The bench comprising Justice Jamal Khan and Justice Shakeel Ahmed issued the order on Monday in its verdict on a petition filed by a citizen, Syed Ateeq Anwar.
It observed that in the light of instructions issued by the federal finance ministry and the procedure set by it, the deduction from the money recovered by the NAB was an illegal act and a violation of Articles 78 and 118 of the Constitution.
Cash prize should be given to NAB employees from the bureau’s budget, the court said.
It ordered NAB to deposit money recovered from persons, federal and provincial departments and agencies and independent and semi-independent corporations in the State Bank within a month of the recovery.
Courtesy : Dawn News