SC adjourns hearing of PTI’s plea against NAB tweaks Staff Report

The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing of a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s petition against the recent amendments to NAB laws till October 11.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard the case.

At the outset of the hearing, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah remarked that the court had to view whether the amendments to the NAB law were against basic rights or not. “The court would also view that how the amendments had affected the petitioner’s rights.”

Justice Shah inquired whether the installments of plea bargain amount had been paid or not before the amendments. The section-25 of the NAB law was related to the plea bargain, he said, adding that now the accused could demand return of the amount paid as a result of the plea bargain as per the fresh amendments.

Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial asked whether the confession of an accused wouldn’t be considered even after plea bargain.

PTI’s lawyer Khawaja Haris argued that cases were being sent back without giving applications by the accused, adding the amount submitted after plea bargains would also be returned now.

After this, the hearing of the case was adjourned till October 11.

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