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NA passes National Accountability (Second Amendment) Bill, 2022

NA passes National Accountability (Second Amendment) Bill, 2022
August 3, 2022 Web Desk

ISLAMABAD (92 News) - The National Assembly passed the National Accountability (Second Amendment) Bill, 2022 on Wednesday.

It was tabled by Minister of State for Law and Justice Shahadat Awan.

The bill is aimed at excluding private transactions from the scope of National Accountability. Under the amendments, the pecuniary jurisdiction of the NAB has been fixed to take only action against scandals over Rs500 million.

Furthermoree, it has been proposed that supplementary references can only be filed with the permission of the court to expedite the proceedings of the court within one year.

According to the bill, the investigation officers will not harass any person at the time of investigation or inquiry and they will confine their question relevant to the investigation or inquiry or for extracting evidence.

Under the bill, the accused must be informed whether he has been summoned in the capacity of accused or witness and information be given to him to enable him to give his evidence. The Section 25 is related to protect the interest of the Government that in case persons entering into plea bargain fail to make payment, pursuant to the payment approved by the court, the plea bargain agreement will become infructuous.

Meanwhile, the House also passed the Publication of Laws of Pakistan Amendment Bill, 2022. Later, the session was adjourned till August 10.