The Supreme Court has challenged the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Saturday.
According to details, Karachi’s citizen, Mehmood Akhtar Naqvi has filed a petition at Karachi Registry of the apex court challenging the amended law.
On Friday, President Dr Arif Alvi had signed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Amendment Ordinance 2019 into law.
The petitioner, Naqvi, has made the Government of Pakistan, Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice, secretaries of Cabinet Division, Ministry of Interior, Establishment Division, Chairman NAB, Director General Headquarters NAB and others as party in the case.
The petitioner said, “All citizens are equal in the constitution of Pakistan, the amended ordinance is violation of the constitution and the fundamental rights of citizens”.
The approval of the federal cabinet to the National Accountability Bureau Ordinance 2019, the petition said, is unprincipled and doubtful.
“The amended ordinance has pushed the NAB under the subordination of the scrutiny committee, petitioner said which will thoroughly affect the utility and importance of the accountability bureau”.
“It is being feared that the ordinance will affect the possibility of an equal accountability of all,” petition said.
“It is cooked up to protect favorite people from accountability cases,” petition claimed.
According to the amended law, the NAB could not freeze the properties of government employees without court order.
If NAB fails to complete investigation against a suspect within three months, the accused will be entitled to bail, the law said.
As per the new ordinance, NAB will now only be able to proceed in corruption cases of Rs 500 million and more.