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July 10, 2019

NAB’s operational methodology proved excellent in nabbing corrupt: chairman

Islamabad

 
July 10, 2019

Islamabad: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal chaired a meeting to review operational methodology of NAB at NAB Headquarters, says a press release.

He said that NAB’s operational methodology has proved excellent in nabbing corrupt across the board as per law. As compared to previous years, complaints received during 2019 have more than double due to confidence of people on the working of NAB.

He said that NAB encourage genuine complainants who lodge complaints related to corruption and corruption practices on the basis of complete documents/solid evidence with that prima facie suggest commission of offences of corruption and corrupt practices. According to NAB’s operational methodology, after receipt of application, complaint is scrutinised by complaint scrutiny committee and after due deliberation as per law, complaint verification is authorized in Regional Board/Executive Board Meeting (EBM) as per entitlement. The complaint verification is conducted to ascertain genuineness and veracity of the contents of complaint by calling complainant who submits affidavit to that effect. Also, complaint verification (CV) is a mechanism provided by NAB’s operational methodology to ward off malicious and frivolous complaints by way of preliminary scrutiny so that prior to inquiry, it is ascertained that it would cause no undue harm to the alleged. All the complainants have to submit an undertaking that their complaint is not frivolous and undertaking signed by the complainant. Subsequent to this,

During the inquiry process, Accused and complainant are called for recording of their statements in line with the alleged allegations and available evidence. Moreover, the accused is provided opportunity to defend alleged allegations of corruption and corrupt practices and provide complete proofs /documents in his defence. After this NAB further confronted accused with the documentary evidences of his alleged corruption and corrupt practices as per law and provide opportunity of defence and hearing so that no decision should be taken unheard as per law.

After inquiry, if the case is allegedly found worthy of incriminating evidence as per law and is found to proceed ahead, inquiry is upgraded into investigation, which is also completed in four months. Again in some cases, extension is granted on logical and legal grounds etc. During the investigation process, complaint and incriminating solid evidence is further securitised, consolidated and deliberated in NAB’s Operation and Prosecution Divisions and investigation report complete in all respect including clear role of each accused in the offence, allegations and due to his misuse of authority/corruption and corrupt practices, how much loss has been caused to national exchequer is worked out and then presented in pre-Executive Board Meeting.

During the Pre-EBM, further scrutiny is made of the documents, inquiry and investigation reports after thread bear discussion of NAB’s Operation and Prosecution Divisions and recommended for presentation in Executive Board Meeting which is higher consultative forum of NAB. The cases on the basis of incriminating solid evidence are finally presented in Executive Board of NAB for final authorisation for filling of corruption reference after investigation.

In EBM, Headed by Chairman NAB attended by Deputy Chairman NAB, Prosecutor General (PGA) all concerned DGs, DG Operation, APGAs, concerned directors, desk officers and other seniors officers of NAB discuss the cases in detail and on the basis of collective wisdom, accordingly Executive Board make decisions under the chairmanship of Justice Javed Iqbal Chairman NAB as per law.

He said that NAB has rationalised its workload and timelines have been prescribed for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of cases putting a maximum limit of 10 months - from complaint verification-to-inquiry-to-investigation and finally to a reference in the Accountability Court. He said that NAB has also introduced Combine Investigation Team (CIT) system in order to benefit from the experience and collective wisdom of senior supervisory officers. This is not only lending quality to the work but also ensuring that no single individual can influence the official proceedings of NAB. He said that NAB has established its first state of the Art Forensic Science LAB which has facilities of Digital Forensics, Questioned Documents and Fingerprint Analysis. He said that NAB officers to redouble their efforts to eradicate corruption by adopting “Accountability for All” Policy across the board as per law as eradication of corruption is our national duty.

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