NICL case: SC suspends transfer notice of investigation officer

SC says it can ask govt to ensure complete transparency.

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday suspended the transfer notification of National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) investigation officer and Additional Director General Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Zafar Ahmed Qureshi as Director General of National Police Foundation.

Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, while hearing the NICL contempt of court court case, said that the government was undermining the dignity of the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice made the statement after former law minister Babar Awan informed the court that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had rejected the summary for the re-appointment of Zafar Qureshi and that he was exercising his constitutional powers.

Awan said that all three federal secretaries, who had been issued contempt of court notices earlier, were part of the federation and they had done nothing in their personal capacity.

The chief justice said that the government should not have removed an “honest officer” from the investigation and the court was exercising patience even though the government was undermining the court’s dignity.

The court has asked Director General FIA to assist Zafar Qureshi and has asked for a report in 15 days.

The hearing has been adjourned for an indefinite period.

Earlier, The court had issued contempt notices to the interior secretary, the Establishment Division secretary and the Principal Secretary to the prime minister, asking them to explain why the investigating officer in the case, Zafar Qureshi, was transferred on verbal orders in the middle of his investigation.

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