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SC seeks record from NAB on extra receiving of amount in plea bargain case.

ISLAMABAD -- Supreme Court (SC) Thursday sought 'a plea bargain record' in Gen (reted) Zahid Ali Akber case from National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh, hearing the case, observed that the real question was that 'what amount NAB could accept from an accused in a plea bargain practice.

However, Zahid Ali's counsel pleaded before the bench that his client's case would be seen under plea bargain law of 2016. The law was changed in January 2017, he argued.

Justice Sheikh remarked that the same law would apply in this case which was active that time. The conditions of a plea bargain were supposed to be settled by chairman NAB in accordance of law, the judge further noted.

Justice Mansoor Ali Shah observed that 'every plea bargain case had different merits.'

The top court ordered the anti graft body to submit plea bargain record in Zahid Ali case along with the standard operating procedure (SOPs) of this practice.

The bench adjourned hearing of the case till three weeks.

It may be mentioned here that the retired general had paid an amount more than Rs90 millions in line of plea bargain. The petitioner had claimed that the bureau had received Rs20.6 million extra from him.

The high court had also ordered NAB to return the extra amount to the petitioner. The order was challenged before the top court by anti graft body.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Mar 29, 2019
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