ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday rejected Ali Musa Gilani’s plea to replace the officer-in-charge of the investigation in the ephedrine case, Express News has reported. The court also directed Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Director-General Brigadier Fahim not to involve any one unnecessarily and to let the law take its own course.
While denying allegations of his involvement in the ephedrine scam, the premier’s son Ali Musa Gilani had expressed his lack of trust in ANF DG Brigadier Faheem. In a 12-page written statement submitted to the Supreme Court through his counsel Salman Akram Raja, Ali Musa had requested the court to replace the officer in-charge of the investigation in the case.
Brigadier Faheem's lawyer, Akram Shaikh, presented his arguments in court stating that the court orders have not been implemented properly and the government only followed the orders regarding the cancellation of transfers.
The court went on to direct Brigadier Faheem to complete the inquiry and present the report.
Brigadier Faheem further informed the court that a notice was sent to the concerned authorities to provide attendance records from the Prime Minister House, but there has been no response and the records have not been provided.
The chief justice stated that if Secretary Narcotics intervened, strict action would be taken.
The case regarding the illegal sale of ephedrine was registered on October 10 last year, after two pharmaceutical companies were accused of obtaining export quotas for the drug in collusion with the health ministry officials that exceeded the limits fixed by the INCB.