DG NAB fake degree case hearing held in Supreme Court

DG NAB fake degree case hearing held in Supreme Court

ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned plea challenging post-graduate degree of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore Director General Shahzad Saleem for two weeks.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, heard the plea, filed by a journalist Asad Kharal.

Azhar Saddiqui, counsel for DG NAB apprised the the bench that Higher Education Commission (HEC) had declared the post-graduation degree of his client, genuine.

He said that HEC verified Saleem’s degree (MSc Computer Sciences) and found it 100 per cent genuine and valid (from the Azad Jammu and Kashmir in 2000-02) following the court orders dated December 24, 2018.

He pleaded that court orders had been executed and there was no need to proceed this case any more.

Meanwhile, Additional Director NAB apprised the bench that bureau had submitted its reply and report on the matter before the apex court.

Justice Azmat remarked that court would look into the reply submitted by the litigants and then could pass any order in this regard. The bench subsequently adjourned further hearing of the case for two weeks. The matter of Saleem’s degree was brought up in the apex court last year during hearing of a suo motu case related to illegal appointments in the NAB.

Kharral had claimed that 2002 transcript of Saleem’s master’s degree was in the Calibri font which was not commercially available until five years later. After an internal probe, NAB had declared Saleem’s degree genuine and cleared him of any wrongdoing.