Nawaz moves SC again against multiple corruption references

ISLAMABAD:Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday filed a petition before the Supreme Court over filing of three corruption references against him in view of the Panama papers case verdict.

The petition was filed through Khawaja Haris under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution. The application observed that multiple references against the accused, for each asset allegedly owned, possessed or acquired by him, disproportionate to his known sources of income, is repugnant to Section 9 (a)(v) of the NAO, 1999.

The petition said multiple references in a case allegedly involving acquisition of assets beyond means is unprecedented and, as such, is manifestly discriminatory and in violation of the petitioner’s fundamental rights as guaranteed under Article 25 of the Constitution.

“Filing of multiple references against an accused for the same alleged offence exposes him to double punishment, which is repugnant to the accused person’s Fundamental Right under Article 13 of the Constitution,” it read.

The petition said that separate trials of an accused for a single offence are contrary to the principles of the criminal justice and the procedure provided under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (“Cr.P.C.”).

The petition prayed the court to suspend the proceedings before the Accountability Court No.1, Islamabad in References No.18/2017, 19/2017 and 20/2017, which are repugnant to the provision of NAO, 1999, Cr.P.C. and the Constitution, till the filing of a consolidated Reference by NAB in respect of the alleged commission of offence under Section 9 (a)(v) of NAO, 1999.