The Supreme Court’s Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail questioned why the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has the power to file cases against anyone. The court dismissed NAB’s appeal against the bail of Ahad Cheema, who is now an adviser to the interim prime minister. The NAB prosecutor withdrew the petition against Cheema, stating an inability to develop a case against him. Cheema was arrested in 2018 as part of NAB’s crackdown on corruption. He was granted bail in all three cases against him in April 2021. The judges expressed indignation towards the bureau’s conduct and accused it of engaging in “political engineering.” They criticized NAB for keeping Cheema in jail for three years and then stating that there was no case against him. The judges highlighted instances of NAB’s misconduct and questioned why the bureau has unlimited powers to file cases against anyone. They suggested that someone should be held responsible for NAB’s actions.
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