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SHC releases detailed verdict of mega money laundering case transfer to Islamabad

SHC releases detailed verdict of mega money laundering case transfer to Islamabad

KARACHI: A division bench, headed by Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh released detail judgment of criminal review appeals filed by Asif Ali Zardari, Faryal Talpur, Anwar Majeed, A G Majeed, Hussain Lawai against banking order verdict transferred mega money laundering case from banking court Karachi to Islamabad NAB Court.

On April 11, 2019, SHC released 06 pages detail judgment in which court observed that “after the examining the judgment of Supreme Court, we do not see any ambiguity in the said judgment which would lead us to conclude that the transfer of the case pending before the special court (arising out of FIR No 04/2018) was excluded from the ambit of the judgment when it was ordered that a reference by NAB be filed before the Accountability Court, Islamabad”.

Court also observed that “it would not be out of place to reiterate and reproduce the penultimate paragraph of the judgment of apex court, ‘’in view of the fact that the entire record of the JIT is to be submitted with NAB at Islamabad and further inquiry (if any) is also to be conducted there,, the reference shall be prepared and presented before the Accountability Court at Islamabad/ Rawalpindi’.

SHC observed that ‘’as we have concluded that the transfer of the case arising out of FIR No 04/2018 and the filing of the reference at Islamabad is a consequence of the material place before the NAB and directions of the SC addressing the other grounds raised by the learned counsels would serve no purpose. We have also observed that the order dated March 13, 2019 passed by banking court is a speaking and reasoned order, which does not warrant interference by this court, the above are the reasons of out short order dated April 02, 2019 whereby we have dismissed the captioned revision applications’’. Earlier, court had passed short order and dismissed all criminal review appeals.