Islamabad: A bench of Pakistan Supreme Court will hear from Thursday a case pertaining to the mysterious death of an official who was probing corruption allegations against Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and other senior political figures.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry converted a note submitted by the Registrar's office on the death of National Accountability Bureau official Kamran Faisal into a suo motu case and said a bench would begin hearing the matter from tomorrow.
Faisal, an Assistant Director of NAB, was found hanging from a fan in his room in a government hostel last Friday.
A preliminary autopsy report concluded Faisal had committed suicide but his family has cast doubt on the findings, saying his body bore several injuries.
The Chief Justice, who has relentlessly pursued corruption cases against the government, announced his decision while hearing a case related to allegations of graft in the setting up of "rental power projects" during Ashraf's tenure as Power Minister.
The government has set up a judicial commission headed by a retired judge to investigate the death but Faisal's family and colleagues have demanded an inquiry by a serving judge under the supervision of the Supreme Court.
During today's hearing of the rental power projects case a bench headed by the Chief Justice rejected a request from NAB to put off the matter in view of the death of Faisal.
The bench pulled NAB Prosecutor KK Agha after he told the court he was not aware whether an FIR had been registered over Faisal's death.
The bench noted that Faisal had died in mysterious circumstances, and the Chief Justice said it was not known whether he was murdered or had committed suicide. Under these circumstances, an impartial inquiry was necessary to bring those responsible to justice.


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