SC transfers Steel Mills corruption enquiry from FIA to NAB

Nov 30, -0001
Staff ReportISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan delivered on Wednesday its verdict in suo notice of the Steel Mills corruption case, and transferred the enquiry from Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to National Accountability Bureau (NAB), SAMAA reports.A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Pervez delivered the verdict.The apex court expressed no confidence over FIA enquiry into the multi-billion rupee corruption and transferring further enquiry to the NAB, mandating it to determine and take action against those responsible in the scam. The CJP ordered the NAB chairman to complete the investigation within three months and submit a fortnightly progress report on the case.All the documental record of the Steel Mills case will now be handed over to NAB officials.In his verdict, the apex court also ordered cancellation of bails for accused in the case, including former Chairman Steel Mills Aftab Moin who was arrested in 2010.The SC had taken suo moto notice of the alleged corruption in Steel Mills in 2009, directing the FIA to kick off an enquiry. The FIA had later filed 10 cases against different accused, unearthing over Rs6 billion embezzlement. The court had reserved its verdict on March 15 in the light of FIA reports. SAMAA

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