ISLAMABAD – Finance Minister Ishaq Dar filed a review petition against the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case, here on Monday.
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The petition filed by Dar’s counsel, Tariq Hassan and Shahid Hamid urged the court to annul the verdict and put on hold the NAB references till the decision on the review petition is made.
The finance minister contended that the Panama case ruling was issued without going through the record and the six-member Joint Investigation Team overstepped its mandate.
‘The JIT self-evidently exceeded its mandate by opining on whether or not Petitioner’s assets were disproportionate to his known source of income and this august Court has regrettably erred in law…. in passing a NAB reference against the petitioner on the basis of a JIT report that was way beyond its mandate.’ read the nine-page petition.
The finance minister in his petition mentioned that Article 184 (3) of the Constitution cannot be used to usurp basic human rights of an individual, further adding that a three-member bench heard the Panama case after the submission of the JIT report, but the final decision was given by a five-member bench.
‘That by signing the Final Order of the Court dated 28.07.2017, the hon’ble two Members of the Bench have actually passed two final Judgments in the same case, which is unprecedented in judicial history,’ said the appeal filed by Finance Minister.
He also raised questions over the appointment of a monitoring judge to oversee the investigations of corruption references by terming it against the ‘trichotomy Article 175’.
The petitions also pleaded upon the apex court to “review and expunge” paragraph six of the final judgment.
It bears mentioning that apart from Dar, former premier Nawaz Sharif has also filed three petitions in the Supreme Court to review the Panamagate verdict, announced by a five-member bench last month, which led to his ouster from PM House.