SC transfers Swati’s assets investigation to FBR

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has transferred former federal minister Azam Swati’s assets probe to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Tuesday.

A bench headed by the chief justice was conducting hearing of the Islamabad IGP transfer case.
Swati’s counsel Ali Zafar informed the court that his client, Azam Swati, had resigned from his post due to the controversy that had erupted.

To this the chief justice remarked: “Yes, but he has only resigned. We are looking at this case from the angle of Article 62 (1)(F) of the Constitution.”

The chief justice wondered why Azam Swati’s name was appearing on thescience and technology’s website when he had still resigned.

Justice Saqib Nisar then turned to Islamabad IGP and inquired as to what he had done regarding the case so far to which he responded:-

“You did not do anything against the main person behind all this? Did you do nothing about him because he is an influential person?”

Angered, the chief justice then said to the IGP that he was disappointed in him.

“If you don’t want to provide justice to people then why are you the IGP? The poor were beaten up and we asked you to provide justice to them but instead you also got involved,” he said. “Even the JIT report stated that the police gave special treatment to Swati.”

“We want to set an example that the rich and powerful cannot mistreat the poor. We will issued a notice regarding Article 62 (1)(F) of the Constitution to Swati as police will not register a case against him,” he added.

Taking the court adviser’s suggestion, the bench forwarded Swati’s probe to the FBR and said that after a report from the body only would it be decided whether Swati could be disqualified or not.