Monday, 05 September 2011 21:37:34
Moonis requests SC to take up review plea in NICL
ISLAMABAD, Sept 5 (APP): Moonis Elahi, one of the main
accused in multi-billion National Insurance Company Limited
(NICL) scam and son of Senior Federal Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz
Elahi, on Monday approached the Supreme Court with a request for
early fixation of his review plea in which he had raised vital
legal contentions over the pending issue.
He prayed to the apex Court that his review petition along
with stay application might be taken up on September 9 to meet
the ends of justice.
He contended that if his review petition along with stay
application was not heard at an early date, he would suffer an
irreparable loss, causing injury to his person as well as
Hearing of his matter after the completion of proceedings
on the main issue would be wrongful, biased and incorrect, he
He maintained that inimical investigation would render the
pendency of these matters before the court infructuous,
frustrating the ends of justice.
Earlier, in his review petition on August 18, he had
maintained that the Supreme Court's decision of re-assigning NICL
scam investigation to Additional Director General FIA Zafar Ahmed
Qureshi was done without hearing his contentions, reservations
and point of view, which was against the norms of justice.
He was of the view that the decision needed to be reviewed
in the best interest of justice.
He requested the court to re-hear the case by providing him
an opportunity to present his stance and decide the case in light
of his contentions.
The petitioner also requested for a stay over the implementation
of court's August 17 verdict in which it had given a nod to Qureshi to go ahead with the investigation.
Moonis expressed no confidence over the official of Federal
Investigation Agency (FIA) and requested the court to assign the investigation to any other officer.
He had expressed faith in all the team members investigating
the NICL scam except Qureshi.
Raising a question over Qureshi's neutrality, Moonis cited his
personal grudge which the FIA official bore against him.
He said due to such personal grudge, Qureshi could not
remain neutral in the investigation.
Referring to a hearing of the NICL scam, he said that the
FIA official had recorded a statement accusing Chaudhrys of
Gujrat of hurling life threats.
The Supreme Court on August 8, had set aside a suspension
order of Zafar Ahmed Qureshi by directing him to immediately
resume his task.