ACE to amend investigation rules

Any accused or complainant to be able to move an application impacting the investigations at any stage of the process

Muhammad Shahzad April 08, 2023


The Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) has started work to amend its rules regarding the investigation process.

ACE Director General Sohail Zaffar Chatha shared with journalists on Thursday that any accused or complainant could move an application having an impact on the investigations at any stage of the process. He added that in cases registered in the ACE, an amendment to an application could be requested anytime.

The official said a standing order would soon be issued for updating the process. He lamented that the conviction rate in the ACE cases was less than one per cent.

Chatha said he had held a meeting with NAB about the cases of alleged corruption of up to Rs500 million. After a constitutional amendment, the scope of the NAB investigations has been slashed to cases of over Rs500 million.

He added that since the investigations into scams of up to Rs500 million had fallen into the ACE's purview, it had created a pressure of workload on the establishment.


Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th, 2023.


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