Pak's anti-corruption chief threatens to quit over alleged SC interference

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 08:00 hrs

After over a week of speculation, it has been revealed that National Accountability Bureau chief Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari, in a letter to President Asif Zardari, did say that he would resign if the Supreme Court's alleged interference in NAB affairs was not stopped.

The letter was sent to the president on January 27.

Earlier, on January 15, BBC Urdu quoted the chairman of the anti-corruption watchdog, as saying that he had stepped down. But the news turned out to be inaccurate, reports The Express Tribune.

In his letter to Zardari, Bokhari expressed serious concerns at the apex court's position on the bureau's mandate defined in the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999.

The apex court had directed NAB on January 15 to arrest all accused in the infamous multi-billion-rupee Rental Power Projects (RPPs) case including Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. The court has already issued a contempt notice to Bokhari for non-compliance of its orders.

Bokhari wrote that there is a danger that NAB personnel could lose their independence and are unable to carry out their investigations in an independent manner due to the pressure being exerted on them by the SC to proceed along lines which seem to be desired by it SC.

In relieving this pressure, to safeguard their jobs and so as not to displease the court, there is danger of unfair investigation being resorted to, he added.

Bokhari said he would step down if his concerns were not addressed immediately. (ANI)

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