Islamabad (January 05, 2018): The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday released the detailed judgement in the NAB appeal to reopen the Hudaiybiya Paper Mills case. The apex court had rejected the accountability bureau’s appeal on December 15.
The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam and comprising Justices Qazi Faez Isa and Mazhar Alam Miankhel, upheld the High Court order quashing the reference. The bench noted that “the learned Judges of the High Court were justified to quash the Reference and once it was quashed the question of reinvestigation did not arise.”
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In the detailed judgement the bench further noted that the respondents were “denied due process”. That “the legal process was abused, by keeping the Reference pending indefinitely and unreasonably.” Also observing that the “respondents were denied the right to vindicate themselves”.
The detailed judgement acknowledged “the manner in which Mr. Imranul Haq, the learned Special Prosecutor, conducted the case. Though the brief entrusted to him was difficult he remained stoic and tenaciously persevered.”
The Rs1.2 billion Hudaibiya Paper Mills case, involving money laundering charges against the Sharif family, was initiated by NAB in 2000 but quashed by the Lahore High Court (LHC) in 2014. The NAB had appealed the LHC decision in the Supreme Court.