ISLAMABAD While taking great exception over Establishment Divisions notification, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Attorney General to approach the authorities concerned for issuance of the fresh notification of Additional Inspector General of Punjab Aftab Sultan as head of the investigation team to probe the criminal cases related to Bank of Punjab scam. The bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday decided this while hearing over Rs 9 billion Bank of Punjab (BoP) loan scam. Khawaja Haris, counsel for Bank of Punjab, told the court that the notification issued by the Establishment Division for the appointment of Aftab Sultan in the investigation of the said scam was contrary to the previous order of the Supreme Court. In his arguments, Khawaja Haris said that if the post of NAB Chairman was vacant, it could not be filled with the Acting Chairman. He said that NAB Prosecutor General Irfan Qadir had previously worked on the same post, so he could not be re-appointed. 'One who had one-time stint as Prosecutor General cannot be re-appointed in the same capacity, he argued. The court asked the Attorney General to look into this matter and also told Khawaja Haris that his objections could not be examined unless a written reply was submitted. The court in its order had directed that Aftab Sultan would lead the probe committee, however, the Establishment Division in the notification stated that Aftab Sultan would assist the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman in the probe. The court after considering the objection directed the Attorney General to approach the concerned authorities for the new notification of Aftab Sultan as head of the investigation team. The court observed that in the absence of NAB Chairman, investigation of the case was being hindered, thus in the interest of the case permanent appointment on the slot of NAB Chairman should be made. Later, the court adjourned the hearing till June 18. On September 27, 2007, the NAB, Punjab, had filed a reference with an Accountability Court against 12 people; including six officials of the Bank of Punjab (BoP) and six others accused of Rs 9 billion fraud. It was highlighted in the reference that to hide the aforementioned fraud, all the accused connived and merged the 23 fake accounts with three main accounts of Haris Steel, Haider Steel and Prime Steel Traders on June 21, 2007. In addition, out of said 26 accounts in the name of above companies/firms, only one company, Haris Steel Industries, existed.