ISLAMABAD - Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khan Khosa on Tuesday observed that those who were convicted for corruption would have to pay the fine even if they were dead.

He said an earlier Supreme Court verdict stated that anyone guilty of corruption would have to pay the fine, even if they served additional time in prison. The extra time served in prison was punishment for not paying the fine, he added.

The CJP was heading a three-member bench, comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Yahya Afridi, which heard a case pertaining to sentence awarded to a Balochistan government former employee who had been found guilty of owning assets beyond his known sources of income.

Mohammad Kaleem Bhatti, a cashier in Quetta district commissioner’s office, was given five-year imprisonment with a fine of Rs15 million by an accountability court on a reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for having properties worth over Rs 21.9 million, which were beyond his known means of income. The Balochistan High Court (BHC) also upheld the accountability court verdict. The accused, however, chose to serve two years more in prison instead of paying the fine. The BHC, in a later verdict, returned his properties that were earlier confiscated by NAB for not paying the fine, citing the accused had served additional time in the prison.