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Pak SC begins probe into NAB official`s death

Last Updated: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 18:57

Islamabad: Pakistan Supreme Court Thursday launched a probe into the mysterious death of an investigator, who was probing corruption charges against Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, and issued notices to several senior officials.

A two-judge bench issued notices to the Chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the Islamabad Police Chief and the Medical Superintendent of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences to provide information regarding the death of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigator Kamran Faisal.

Notices were also issued to NAB Chairman Fasih Bokhari and other senior officials of the anti-graft agency.

The bench directed authorities to provide footage from CCTV cameras at Federal Lodges, the government hostel where Faisal was living, footage of his body, the autopsy report and a record of the police investigation into his death.

The judges directed PTA to submit records of Faisal`s mobile phone calls.

The bench also questioned the Islamabad Police Chief why an FIR had not yet been lodged regarding Faisal`s death.
The police chief said an FIR could not be registered as there was no applicant in the case.

Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, a member of the bench, observed that police could itself register an FIR if a crime had been committed.
The bench said its proceedings would determine whether Faisal was murdered or if he had committed suicide after being pressured by his superiors.

The bench subsequently adjourned the case till January 28.


First Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 18:57

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