NAB reviews overall performance of Regional Bureaus

NAB reviews overall performance of Regional Bureaus

ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Wednesday reviewed overall performance of its regional bureaus and evaluated the status of ongoing corruption cases falling within their jurisdiction.

The meeting, chaired by NAB Chairman Justice Javed Iqbal, was held to examine performance of its regional bureaus, a press release said. The head of anti-graft watchdog reviewed progress on the ongoing inquiries, complaint verification and investigations especially the progress on 179 mega corruption cases.

The meeting was informed that 105 corruption references were being heard by various accountability courts. Out of 179 corruption cases, over 105 cases were filed in various accountability courts.

The meeting was also apprised that inquiries of 15 cases, investigations of 19 cases were in process while 40 cases had already been disposed of.

On this occasion, NAB chairman said logical conclusion of corruption related cases was a priority of the bureau and directed to transfer low magnitude cases to other anti corruption departments. Last year, the NAB had apprehended 503 persons and filed 440 corruption references in different accountability courts, he said and added that it had not concluded such number of cases in the past.

The meeting was informed that 1,202 corruption references worth Rs. 900 billion were at various stages of hearing in different accountability courts. Without any discrimination, the NAB had approved to conduct 1,713 complaint verification, 877 inquiries and 227 investigations in last one year.

Employing scientific time-frame for conclusion of cases, the NAB had fixed ten month period to conclude corruption cases which was unprecedented.

A forensic laboratory had also been established in federal capital to collect evidence with the help of fingerprints, mobile data and document verification in corruption cases.

The NAB chairman said the anti-graft watchdog was pursuing the policy of Accountability for All, as elimination of corruption was its prime responsibility of NAB and sincere efforts were being making to eradicate corruption from the country.