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March 13, 2018

Fake drugs case: SC summons NAB prosecutor general over DRAP staff harassment

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INP
March 13, 2018

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday summoned the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor general in the fake drugs case.

The CJ was hearing a complaint lodged by the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) with the Supreme Court’s Human Rights Cell against Everest Pharmaceuticals for manufacturing fake drugs.

According to the complaint, owner of the company Chaudhry Usman used his connections and influence to harass DRAP staff. A three-member bench hearing the case Monday was informed that NAB had withdrawn the notice against the Drugs Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) and the proceedings against Everest Pharmaceuticals had been closed.

The additional prosecutor general of the bureau informed the apex court that the notice to the chief executive officer of DRAP was issued before the court’s order.

The notice was issued due to a misunderstanding, the NAB additional prosecutor general informed the bench. The CJ responded that it was equivalent to undermining the authority of the court. The bench then ordered the bureau to complete a probe into the case and submit the report to the court. An order to probe into assets owned by NAB officer Amir Marth was also issued during the hearing.

“Any such actions will not be tolerated in the future. Please inform the NAB chairman of my displeasure and annoyance on this incident,” said the CJ Saqib Nisar. He also issued directives to the bureau to submit the complete record of its proceedings against DRAP to the Supreme Court.

Anyone who takes any action against DRAP without the Supreme Court permission will not be pardoned, he said. He directed the director general of the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) to submit a report on the harassment of DRAP officers within 15 days and submit a complaint against DRAP Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Riffat Mukhtar and others who were involved in the harassment case.

CJ Nisar also remarked that [corrupt officials] collude against anyone trying to honestly perform their duties and adjourned the hearing till March 13 (tomorrow).

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