SC rejects review petitions of Zardari,Faryal, Omni group

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) Tuesday rejected the review petitions of former president Asif Ali Zardari, Faryal Talpur and Sindh government in fake accounts.
A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, also rejected the review petition Anwar Majeed, owner of Omni group. and chief minister Sindh were also rejected by the apex court. However the court allowed the PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Murad Ali Shah to submit their review petitions in the court.
Earlier, former president Asif Ali Zardari appealed for a larger Supreme Court bench to hear his review petition.
Zardari’s lawyer, Advocate Latif Khosa, filed a separate plea on the former president’s behalf for constitution of a larger bench, as the court heard review petitions filed by Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah requesting it to restrain the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) from probing the fake accounts case.
The latest plea argues that the matter was discussed on the occasion of the former chief justice’s full court reference, and the attorney general, Pakistan Bar Council as well as the Supreme Court had given their respective opinions on it.
Contending the court’s jurisdiction, the plea states that several judges from the top judiciary are also in favour of determining the limits to the suo motu powers, and hence, a larger bench should be constituted.
In his review petition, Zardari has urged the top court to restrain the FIA and joint investigation team from probing the case.
According to the petition, the Supreme Court verdict that was passed last month had directed the JIT formed to probe the case to assist the National Accountability Bureau. The JIT is, however, still carrying out a “parallel inquiry”, it stated.

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