SC upholds acquittal of Saifullah, Safdar in LNG Quota Case



Tauseef Abbasi


The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejecting the appeal of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) upheld its decision of acquitting former minister Anwer Saifullah and former Senator Safdar Abbasi in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) Quota case.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa heard on a petition filed by Anti-graft body which challenged Apex court’s previous judgment of acquitting the two accused.

NAB’s lawyer, while presenting his arguments, claimed that Anwer Saifullah had no authority as petroleum minister of at the time to hand over quota.

Justice Azmat Saeed inquired that which was competent authority to allot quota under the rules and regulation.

The NAB counsel explained that there was no record which may shed light on the authority responsible for viewing the handing over of quota in accordance with certain sets of rules and regulations.

Justice Azmat Saeed remarked NAB is of the view that the minister allotted quota on his discretion. NAB has to prove who was authorized to allot quota. There is no order or signature about allotment of quota by the minister. Is this the way to run any case.

After hearing arguments in the case, Top Court then rejected the submitted plea of Anti-graft watchdog and maintained the acquaintance of the suspects.