On Friday, the Supreme Court (SC) asked for information on cabinet members whose names were deleted from the FIA’s Exit Control List (ECL).
A five-member Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial and including Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Munib Akhtar, Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, and Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar expressed concern over the removal of cabinet member names from the Exit Control List while hearing a suo motu case on concerns that people in positions of authority might undermine criminal justice.
The names of those involved in corruption and Rs10 million in tax theft have been removed off the ECL as the hearing progressed, according to Chief Justice Bandial.
“For the time being, the court would not overturn the ruling regarding the ECL rules revisions,” CJP Umar Ata Bandial remarked.
The top justice asked Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf to read section 2 of the ECL Rules, 2010, which specifies that terrorists, tax defaulters, and loan defaulters are not allowed to leave the country.
“Did the federal cabinet grant assent to ECL rules?” asked the CJP.
As a result, the attorney general informed the Supreme Court that the minutes of the federal cabinet meeting will be transmitted to the court.
Justice Mazhar pointed out how a minister could alter the ECL guidelines to his or her own gain.
The Supreme Court also ordered a report on the mechanism for amending the ECL rules, as well as summoning the Federal Investigation Agency’s Law Director, Usman Gondal.
The hearing was later adjourned indefinitely by the court.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) submitted a report to the Supreme Court (SC) addressing the alleged interference of government officials in high-profile criminal justice cases during a prior hearing.
No government entity, including the Interior Ministry, attempted to interfere with the independent prosecution of the high-profile case that was being heard in many courts, according to the FIA’s findings.
According to the statement, Farooq Bajwa was picked as the prosecutor at the request of the FIA. According to the statement, the names of the suspects are added to the exit control list (ECL) on the suggestion of the government, courts, and other institutions.
Suo motu (Self-motivated)
The government was forbidden from transferring investigating officials in high-profile cases of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) by the Supreme Court on May 19. (FIA).
The directions were issued by Pakistan’s Chief Justice, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, in a suo motu notice, which he issued in response to apparent government intervention in the country’s criminal justice system.
The interior secretary, director-general FIA, chairman NAB, prosecutors, advocate generals, and heads of prosecution bureaus were also served with notice by the apex court. The Supreme Court also requested information about the names that were recently added to and removed from the no-fly list.