SC suspends NAB inquiry into Arslan Iftikhar case until Aug 2

It also rejected the request to form a larger bench for the case.

Web Desk July 31, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan has suspended National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) inquiry into the Dr Arslan Iftikhar case until August 2 and also rejected the request to form a larger bench in the case, Express News reported on Tuesday.

During today’s hearing, NAB’s Prosecutor General KK Agha stated that the court should not have issued stay order for the inquiry.

While Iftikhar’s counsel Sardar Ishaq argued an inherent bias for investigators since the inquiry team included Islamabad police official Faisal Memon, who had served as Malik Riaz’s security guard during his appearance before the apex court.

Justice Jawad S Khawaja has sought replies from interior secretary, Memon and his assistant Tahir Malik in this regard.

Earlier on July 30, Riaz had appeared before the NAB’s Joint Investigation Team and responded to a questionnaire that he was given in the previous hearing.

He, however, failed to submit any further proofs except the documents that he had filed in the Supreme Court earlier.

“Malik has been claiming dolling out over Rs230 million, but so far the documentary evidence placed shows no more than Rs10 to 15 million,” sources privy to the proceedings of JIT had told The Express Tribune.