SC hearing on ‘fears of interference’ in criminal investigations against govt underway – Pakistan

A judge of the Supreme Court, made up of five judges, is currently hearing the case of suo motu over concerns that criminal justice could be undermined by those in authority.

The Tribunal is composed of Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial of Pakistan Supreme Court, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Munib Akhtar, Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi and Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar.

Suomotu Notice

The day before, the CJP accepted the SC judge’s recommendation, which it believed the prosecution’s independence would interfere with its powers and obligations to investigate and prosecute pending criminal matters involving government authorities. .

According to a press release issued by the Supreme Court, such interference could affect the prosecution of the case, cause evidence to be tampered with or disappear from the courts, become owned by the prosecution service, and could lead to the removal or placement of officers in key positions. there is said to be.

The press release, along with “media coverage” of the change in liability law, said that such action has the potential to “damage” the functioning of the country’s criminal justice system.

“that [is tantamount] Violation of fundamental rights that affect and erode society as a whole [of] “People’s trust in the rule of law and constitutionalism of the state,” he added.

The SC press release did not address the “pending criminal matter” it referred to. However, the FIA ​​(Federal Bureau of Investigation) is currently investigating money laundering cases against Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif and Punjab Prime Minister Hamza Shebaz, and the charges against them have been delayed since February.

The notice also comes amid allegations that shortly after the PTI came to power, the current coalition government began to relocate investigators or officers overseeing and influencing a variety of cases, particularly involving allegations of corruption.

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It is also appropriate to mention that key figures within the new government’s allied parties have called for the complete dissolution of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) or the amendment of the law by the anti-corruption watchdog group.

On Tuesday, the cabinet agreed to amend the NAB’s “harsh laws” to eliminate political sacrifices. The meeting also formed a committee headed by the Federal Law Minister. for this purpose.