[The News International 19 April, 2019]

ISLAMABAD: A Supreme Court bench on Thursday heard a case on the voluntary return rules of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), local media reported. Heading the three-member bench, Justice Shiekh Azmat Saeed said, “In other countries the sentence of an accused is reduced over voluntary return, while here the NAB itself writes letters to offer the voluntary return option. However, the voluntary return means the accused himself offers return of money.” The court observed that the concept of plea bargain is in existence only in Pakistan. Justice Azmat Saeed observed that one of the questions to be decided is whether to discuss the previous decisions or not and another issue is the procedure of return of the amount while the third issue to be decided is if the amount is being returned by a government employee then what will be the procedure.

Justice Saeed said that the court will review the earlier decisions separately. He said that an interpretation of the Article 175 is also needed in the case. The court later adjourned the case proceedings till the third week of May.