NAB again fails to file reply in Sharmila case

ISLAMABAD: The NAB has again failed to file reply before the Supreme Court in a case against adviser to Sindh Government Sharmila Farooqi.

A man had complained to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry that Sharmila Farooqi was a NAB convict and cannot hold public office for 10 years. In his application, he said that Accountability Court No 4 of Karachi ruled under a plea-bargain adjudication on April 24, 2001 in an accountability reference, filed against Sharmila and her parents, that she cannot hold any government office for 10 years under the NAB Ordinance.

On the plea, the CJ had asked the NAB on Aug 24 to file a reply within two weeks but NAB failed to respond in four months. Upon this the Human Rights Cell of the SC reminded the NAB on December 9 to file a reply by December 20, 2010. However, the Bureau failed to come up with any response.

The applicant had asked the court to declare the appointment of Sharmila Farooqi, an NRO beneficiary, as illegal and order withdrawal of all emoluments and privileges she got from the government exchequer during her appointment as adviser.

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