No One Is Superior to The Law, Chief Justice Openly Declared Against Corruption

The Corrupt People Will Have to Pay Even If They Are Dead


ISLAMABAD - Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Chief Justice of Pakistan, noted on Tuesday that those accused of corruption would have to pay the penalty even if dead.


He indicated that a previous judgment of the Supreme Court had to settle the penalty if any person was accused of corruption even if he spent more time in jail. He added that additional time spent in prison was a penalty for not paying the fine.


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The CJP ruled a three-member panel, consisting of Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Yahya Afridi, who heard a case concerning a sentence granted to a former employee of a Balochistan government who was discovered guilty of having property outside of his known income sources.


A reference to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was issued to Mohammad Kaleem Bhatti, a cashier at the office of District Commissioner of Quetta, with a penalty of Rs15 million in five years jail, for possessing over Rs21,9 million, which is not recognized to him for income.


The Balochistan High Court (BHC) also maintained the judgment of the Court. Instead of paying the penalty, the accused chose to stay two more years in jail. The BHC restored, in a subsequent judgment, its previously communicated estates for failing to pay the penalty by the NAB, stating that the accused had spent extra time in prison.


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