LAHORE –The LHC chief justice appointed Justice Sheikh Najamul Hassan as “Referee Judge” to render its decision on three petitions filed by Ittefaq Foundries of Sharifs challenging NAB inquiry. The CJ issued this order after both judges of the division bench hearing petition had differed with each other in their decision.

Justice Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmad and Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan at the Rawalpindi Bench heard three petitions titled Ittfaq Foundries Limited, Hudabia Papers and Shahmim Akhtar versus Federation of Pakistan, National Accountability Bureau and accountability court judge, Rawalpindi. Justice Khawaja Imtiaz ruled that NAB could not initiate an inquiry afresh against Sharifs while Justice Khan was of the view that NAB could start investigation again. So, senior Judge Justice Khawaja referred the matter to Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and CJ by invoking its powers under relevant rules has nominated Justice Sheikh Najamul Hassan to decide the matter.  The legal experts say the referee judge will have to agree with the decision of one of the judges and the matter will be finally disposed of at LHC level with a majority of 2-1.