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SC directs accountability courts to hear corruption cases on daily basis

The Supreme Court directed the accountability courts to hear corruption cases on a daily basis and directed not to adjourn the cases, saying that the chairman NAB should ensure implementation of court orders.

According to details, the Supreme Court, while ordering hearings on a daily basis without adjournment of corruption cases, said that the process of recording evidence should be expedited and completed as soon as possible.

The Supreme Court directed the accountability courts to decide the cases expeditiously and adjourn the cases. The court issued the order in the Lakhra power plant irregularity case.

The court directed the NAB chairman to ensure implementation of the court orders and asked the prosecutor general to ensure the presence of NAB prosecution witnesses.

The apex court directed the accountability court to decide the Karachi Kolakhara plant case within a week and said that the statements of the prosecution and the witnesses of the accused should be recorded by November 2 and the hearing should be completed by speeding up the process of recording evidence.

The court also sought an implementation report from the Registrar Accountability Court Karachi. The order said that the NAB chairman had sent the rules to the president for approval. The law ministry would review the issue and issue a notification within a month.

The court said in the order that the Additional Attorney General had sought a month’s respite in the matter of 120 new accountability courts, adding that approval would be sought from the cabinet within a week for setting up 120 new accountability courts.

Raja Amir Abbas on the order of the Supreme Court said that the decision of the Supreme Court is welcome, even according to NAB rules, the decision of corruption cases should be taken within 30 days, the decisions were delayed due to delay by the accused.

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