Not possible to recover stolen wealth without plea bargain: NAB chairman

NAB chairman says plea bargain rule was unjustly criticized

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ISLAMABAD: Stolen money would never have been recovered if it were not for plea bargain, said NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, on Tuesday.

Speaking during a ceremony at NAB headquarters, Justice (r) Iqbal said that the plea bargain rule is unjustly criticized.

“The utmost priority of this institution is to recover money and for that, we should take all necessary steps,” he said.

He said that NAB had taken up cases which were decades old and no authority had touched them. He said that the watchdog had taken these cases to their logical conclusion.

The NAB chairman said that an organized propaganda was being spread against NAB that the watchdog was not working in accordance with the law of the land.

“We have scrutinized all the legal aspects and the Supreme Court never called the authority unconstitutional or making use of draconian laws,” he said.