The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Balochistan has recovered Rs94.122 million during the period from April to June this year.
According a newsletter of the Regional Bureau on Saturday, during the past quarter (April to June 2014), the NAB Balochistan arrested 14 accused persons who were involved in different corruption cases. The Bureau filed five corruption references in the Accountability Court Balochistan.
During the past quarter, NAB Balochistan received 268 complaints, out of these, 88 complaints were processed and converted into Complaints Verification (CVs), 47 complaints linked with the cases already under investigation and 14 complaints referred to the relevant departments.
The Bureau authorized 35 fresh inquiries during the past quarter and converted 13 inquiries into investigation. Out of these 13 investigations, the Regional Bureau converted three investigations into references while other cases are under Investigation.
The newsletter also shed light on Plea Bargain (PB) option given in National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999 under Section 25 (b).
The newsletter states, there is a misconception about the 'Plea-Bargain'. The concept has been borrowed from the American Criminal Practice Code where Attorney General is vested with discretion of prosecution and even dropping of charge/charges.
However with reference to NAO, the Plea Bargain option is exercised by the accused at his own accord. It is a plea of guilty in exchange for lesser punishment. Such a person is disqualified from holding public office and obtaining loan from bank.
Being deemed to be guilty only sentence of imprisonment is waived. The allegation of discrimination while deciding Plea bargain amount is not true also as this matter is decided by plea bargain committee comprising of banking and legal experts.
The official document quoting DG NAB Balochistan says, many weak people come to the NAB with complaints against powerful people with a hope to get their right. Complaints come to the NAB from different sources, these complaints are verified and after verification NAB tries its best to provide relief and get justice for the victim.
NAB is committed to eradicate corruption from the society and NAB officers are working hard with sagacity for this noble cause of curbing corruption.
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