ISLAMABAD: Accountability Judge Muhammad Bashir on Tuesday issued a notice to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) over the delay in the filing of supplementary references against deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment cases.
The court also ordered the NAB director general to come up with an explanation as to why the bureau has failed to file the references as yet after a NAB prosecutor sought more time to file the references against Sharif.
The prosecutor said two supplementary references against Nawaz were ready and will be filed at the earliest.
Earlier, Nawaz Sharif failed to appear before the NAB Rawalpindi on February 10, to record his statements in two supplementary references — Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship investments — that are yet to be filed in the accountability court.
According to sources, the NAB Rawalpindi Office is preparing supplementary references in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment Ltd cases against the Sharifs. The supplementary references are likely to be filed next week in the accountability court hearing the ongoing cases against the former premier.
Since Nawaz did not act on NAB’s summons, the Bureau will file the references without his statement and the court will start hearing the case.
Nawaz was summoned by the Rawalpindi NAB headquarters that is now being headed by Irfan Mangi, a member of the Panama Papers leaks Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed by the Supreme Court to probe corruption allegations against the Sharif family.