SC shames DG NAB Lahore for placing PU ex-vice chancellor, professors in handcuffs

The Supreme Court docket on Saturday convened a suo motu listening to on the matter of ex-Punjab College vice chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran and 4 different former college officers being delivered to a court docket in handcuffs.

The Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) had arrested Kamran and the opposite professors over allegations of corruption, unlawful appointments and nepotism and introduced them to court docket to hunt bodily remand.

The chief justice of Pakistan on Friday had taken discover of the “disrespecful” approach the professors had been handcuffed and delivered to court docket.

On the outset of the listening to, Director Basic NAB Lahore Saleem Shahzad issued an apology earlier than the court docket and conceded that it had been a mistake to handcuff the academics because it inadvertently humiliated them.

“I’m deeply ashamed and ask the entire nation for forgiveness,” he stated.

The court docket ordered Shahzad to personally apologise to Kamran and the opposite professors and instructed {that a} written apology even be submitted to the court docket.

“In case you are at fault, I’ll give directions for the registration of a case in opposition to you,” Chief Justice Saqib Nisar warned, including: “Then you may go round in search of bail and I can put you in handcuffs [for the world to see].”

Upon listening to this, Shahzad bought teary-eyed, prompting the chief justice to additional comment: “Now that you just your self are within the scorching seat, you might be moved to tears.”

Scrambling to supply some rationalization for choice to arrest the PU professors, the DG NAB stated: “We put Mujahid Kamran in handcuffs because of safety causes. I’ve gone and personally apologised to him and the opposite professors.”

The NAB prosecutor, within the bureau’s protection, continued: “We now have executed an ideal deal to struggle corruption.”

“What have you ever executed? What has NAB executed?” CJP Nisar retorted, including that NAB had executed “nothing however make a mockery out of individuals”.

“I had excessive hopes for you, however have a look at what you are doing. In case you are not match to serve this submit then it’s essential to go away it,” he stated, addressing Shahzad.

“Inform me, do you need to work for this establishment or not? You place into handcuffs individuals who supplied training to youngsters. I noticed the video [of the handcuffed university officials] at 12 within the evening and referred to as up the NAB chairman. He stated he was unaware of the incident and warranted me that the Lahore DG NAB will fulfill me on this regard,” the chief justice stated.

“Placing Mujahid Kamran and different professors in handcuffs is akin to killing their dignity. I can’t tolerate the disrespect of academics on this method,” the chief justice warned.

The listening to concluded with the submission of DG Shahzad’s written apology, which was accepted by the court docket.

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