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Why RPP order not implemeted, asks CJ

- January 17, 2013 - Updated 1040 PKT - From Web Edition

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan resumed hearing of the rental power plant case where Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry questioned that why the court’s orders are not being implemented, Geo News reported Thursday.


A three-member bench headed by the Chief Justice is hearing the case today.


The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials including the chairman are present in the court today to respond over orders to arrest the prime minister and 15 other people on accusations of graft in 2010.


During the hearing, the Chief Justice said that the court had ordered to submit the challan and arrest the accused. He remarked that the accused include people who think themselves above the law, and no one is above the law.


The CJ questioned that why the investigation of the matter has not concluded yet when the NAB had the order since March 30, 2012. He remarked that the decision of the rental power case is based on the official credentials.


It may be mentioned that Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry had ordered that all those accused of graft in power generation projects be arrested and for the chairman of the NAB to report to the court.


Coming as a populist cleric leads tens of thousands of protesters outside parliament to demand that the government resign, Tuesday's order sparked panic about an alleged judiciary-military plot to derail elections due by mid-May.


Interior Minister Rehman Malik threatened overnight to disperse the crowd unless leader Tahir-ul Qadri ends the demonstration; the largest political rally in the capital for years, but President Asif Ali Zardari later intervened to stop authorities from using force against protesters.


Asked if any arrests were made so far, as ordered by the court, NAB lawyer Aamir Abbas replied: "I am not aware about arrests."


There was a heavy media presence outside the court today morning and police stepped up security checks.


Commentators doubt that Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf will be detained imminently given that the case has already been running for years.


Lawyers say that even if he is arrested for questioning over the allegations, which date back to his time as water and power minister, he can remain in office unless and until he is convicted.

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