ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Punjab chapter, has so far recovered Rs 28.051 billion through voluntary return (VR), plea bargain (PB) and other modes of recovery in corruption cases out of which Rs 1.483 billion were recovered during the first five months of 2014.
NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry presided a meeting regarding annual inspection of regional bureaus which was attended by senior officers from headquarters and Punjab regional bureau. NAB Punjab Director General Husnain Ahmed briefed the chairman about the cases being pursued by the regional bureau and progress of the bureau on different fronts.
The chairman directed that all complaint verifications (CVs), inquiries and investigations must be completed within timeline and court cases be pursued proactively to achieve maximum results. He also directed to conduct wing-wise inspection to make a comparison of their efficiencies and weaknesses.
Chairman Chaudhry also directed that complaints regarding corruption should be addressed objectively without compromising the quality. He directed that scrutiny of the cases must be done with utmost care to filter out malafide complaints because such complaints not only waste a lot of time but also distort the image of NAB. He said that headquarters would carry out random inspections of cases at different stages including complaints, inquiries, investigations and prosecution.
He directed that concept of the combined investigation team (CITs) must be strengthened and implemented in letter and spirit for early finalisation of cases while ensuring quality of investigation and prosecution. The chairman also directed that uniformity in working of all the regional bureaus must be ensured. It was noticed with concern that case diaries were not being maintained meticulously. The chairman directed for strengthening the culture of maintaining case diaries. He directed that post closure activities should be ensured like intimation to all concerned and removal of the accused from the Exit Control List (ECL) in case of acquittal.
He directed that special focus should be given to awareness and prevention activities and to spread the massage against corruption. Non-government organisations, media and corporate sector be involved in developing awareness and publicity material, he added. He also directed that cases like Double Shah scam should be made a ‘case study’ and university students be involved in this research-oriented activity to spread the message against corruption.
The chairman also held a detailed meeting with NAB prosecutors and urged them to work more hard. He desired more effective linkage between investigation and prosecution wings to achieve satisfactory results. Earlier, Husnain Ahmed informed the NAB chairman that the bureau had completed 463 cases during the last five months while 14,271 character building societies (CBSs) have also been established in the province. He further said that the regional bureau had processed 2,355 complaints since January.
The increased number of complaints according to him was reflective of the confidence of the public in NAB. During this period, 69 inquiries were disposed of, leaving the balance of 323 inquiries in progress, whereas 33 investigations have been authorized in this period, taking the pendency tally to 95.
He said that the regional bureau was actively pursuing the trials in different courts to get maximum convictions of the accused. He reiterated his resolve to meet the new prosecution benchmarks set by the organisation.
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