Islamabad (Staff Report): Noor Ahmad Awan, a leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), on Saturday filed a constitutional petition in the Supreme Court (SC) against the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal.

Awan submitted a plea stating that the accountability bureau had released a press statement on May 8 which stated that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was involved in transferring money to India.

The press release mentioned that the information was taken from the Migration and Remittance Book 2016. However, the State Bank of Pakistan had rejected this information on September 21, 2016, the petition noted.

The petition further states that the sole purpose of the press release was to malign Nawaz Sharif. The press release has raised questions pertaining to institute's integrity, it mentions.

Orders should be given to investigating the move to issue the press release, the petition said, adding that the NAB chairman should also submit an unconditional apology.

The petition also requests for the NAB chairman to be removed from his post.

On May 8, NAB had issued a press release stating that will probe alleged laundering of $4.9 billion to India by Nawaz and others.