Qamar Zaman Chaudhry on Thursday resumes the charge as National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman after getting a clean chit from country’s top anti-graft watchdog from an inquiry for his alleged involvement in the multibillion National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) scam case.
According to sources, Chaudhry had been given a by bureau’s executive board at a meeting presided by acting Rear Admiral Saeed Ahmed on Monday.
Announcing the verdict in NICL case last month, the apex court had ordered action against Chairman NAB for impeding investigations in NICL scandal, one of biggest financial scams in country’s history, involving the purchase of real estate on overstated rates.
Following the verdict, Chaudhry went on long leave as he wanted to investigation against him to be “free of any influence.”
Chaudhry had been accused of placing obstructions in the investigation of NICL scam by deposing the head of probe team Zafar Qureshi, an FIA officer, while serving as secretary interior.
Chairman NAB appeared before the investigation team, comprised of NAB investigators, police and representatives of SECP, and denied all charges levelled against him. It was the first time in history of the country that supremo of an organization appeared before his subordinates.
Chaudhry had been appointed as NAB chiefs in October following months-long deadlock between Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) but his appointment was challenged by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).
The other suspects of NICL scam are Federal Tax Ombudsman Abdur Rauf Chaudhry, Economic Affairs Division Secretary Nargis Sethi, former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, former commerce minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim and former prime minister’s principal secretary Khushnood Lashari.
Earlier this month, the NAB investigate team had also summoned GIlani to interrogate him in the scam, however, he flouted the order, claiming he enjoys immunity as former prime minister under Article 248 of the Constitution and couldn’t be summoned by any investigation team or court.