ISLAMABAD: (APP) The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned hearing of the suo moto notice case regarding alleged illegalities, corruption and violations in appointments in National Accountability Bureau (NAB) till Tuesday.
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim heard the case.
The court ordered the NAB chairman to present the option of an early retirement to nine officials found to be promoted in contravention of the accountability watchdog's educational criteria.
The chairman was also ordered to inform the court about the officials' answers in the next hearing of the case.
During the course of proceedings, Justice Amir Hani Muslim remarked that if the officers do not consent to early retirement, the court will be forced to rule against them, in which case they will not be able to benefit from the perks and benefits of formally resigning from their job.
He obsrved that NAB was in a sorry state because of such appointments, and that if the institution had maintained strict standards and followed official procedures, more competent people would have been running the show.
NAB submitted its reply before the court and informed that as many as 629 appointments were initially made in the Bureau and 133 appointments were made in violation of law.
The reply stated that 1719 appointments were made till the year 2013 and 210 appointments were found illegal. Out of 395 officers on deputation nine officers were appointed ignoring the law, it added.
NAB also submitted reply over Establishment Division report and said that three of their servings directors generals were disqualified at the time of their appointments but NAB 's terms of service exempted them from the method of appointment.