Not interested in reappointment: Deedar

Published: March 14, 2011
I have no urge to become the NAB chief again, said Deedar Shah.

I have no urge to become the NAB chief again, said Deedar Shah.


The government may be willing to reappoint Justice (retd) Deedar Hussain Shah as the chief of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), but the retired judge, who is at the heart of a raging controversy between the federal government and the superior judiciary, says he is not interested.

“I have no urge to become the NAB chief again. I will not ask the court for a review,” Deedar Shah told The Express Tribune on Friday.

A three-member judge bench of the Supreme Court nullified  the appointment of the NAB chairman, accepting a petition filed by a PML-N leader on Friday.

“I (have) obeyed the court’s order and left my office (out of) utmost respect for the judiciary,” Justice Deedar said.

Commenting about whether he would urge the court to review its decision, he said: “This is the law ministry’s job, but I will not go for it (review) in my personal capacity.”

Although the government is apparently willing to reappoint Deedar as NAB Chief, his close associates said he would not accept the offer.

“Being a retired judge of the apex court he cannot afford such a humiliation,” they said. They did not elaborate. “We were shocked when the Supreme Court asked (Justice) Deedar to relinquish the office with immediate effect.”

Meanwhile, sources in the law ministry told The Express Tribune that the government would call for a review after the issuance of the detailed judgment in this regard.

“It is feared that the detailed verdict of the case will bar Justice Deedar from retaining the office again,” a senior official said.

The sources said that the law ministry would devise its strategy once it knows the content of the detailed judgment.

“If there is any bar on Deedar, the law ministry will suggest two names for appointment as new NAB chief,” he explained.

Later, a summary would be sent to the prime minister, who will consult the leader of the opposition as well as the Supreme Court chief justice on the matter. After taking them into confidence, he would move the summary to the president for approval.

The process will likely be taken up some time next week, the official added.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 14th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Farhan
    Mar 14, 2011 - 9:34AM

    Thats great attitude Sir, we don`t think CJ decision was right.Recommend

  • Mar 14, 2011 - 10:07AM

    At least Deedar Shah should look more dignified than our judges of Supreme Court and so called men of principles assembled in ML[N].Recommend

    Mar 14, 2011 - 11:40AM

    He Should Be REAPPOINT, Recommend

  • S Minhaj Zafer
    Mar 14, 2011 - 4:28PM

    Yes, there was a procedural lapse/error/. but if the correct procedure {a consultation, which is non binding, if disagreement is there} is adopted, then SC should not object to the Mr Justice Deedar Hussain Shah’s appointment.That’s what fair play & honesty demands.Recommend

  • ehsan
    Mar 14, 2011 - 7:02PM

    What a third rate story based on fiction.
    How can any court deny the basic human right to a Pakistani for a dignified job.
    Justice (R) Deedar Shah was a senior most judge of the Supreme Court than any sitting judge
    and the one line verdict does not give any reason why his appointment was unconstitutional….(because he was not from Punjab….??)
    This verdict shows that the court has another copy of constitution, written by itself to rely upon….?Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Mar 22, 2011 - 5:06PM

    Its not like he reopened any serious inquiries into corruption cases while he was chairman, there is always a reason why Asif Zardari does things and it’s definitely not because of the goodness of his heart neither is it because of his love for Sindh. Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 22, 2011 - 5:28PM

    Justice (R) Deedar Hussain Shah, you did the right thing, your stand is pricipled —— I am hoping that some of those, who took it upon themselves to cast doubts about your integrity, would find your character and action admirable and emulate it. Recommend

  • Hassan Bokhari
    Mar 22, 2011 - 5:54PM

    Iftikhar Choudhry has really gone out of the way with this one… it now really looks as is he’s just against the PPP and President Zardari. Its really bad.Recommend

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