Karachi (October 23, 2017): Former Sindh information minister Sharjeel Memon is attempting to avoid being arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) after the cancellation of his bail extension plea by the Sindh High court earlier today.
The SHC rejected on Monday the bail pleas of Memon and 12 others in a graft case.
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Hearing the Rs5.76 billion corruption case, filed by NAB, SHC Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Shaikh dismissed the request of the suspects to extend their bails in the case.
Following the bail dismissal, NAB officials are waiting outside the court, along with the Rangers, to take the accused into custody.
At present, Memon and other accused are consulting their legal team inside the courtroom and have not left the premises.
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Memon later applied for transitory bail from the SHC chief justice, stating that he will challenge today’s decision in the Supreme Court. Until then, NAB should be restrained from arresting Memon, his lawyer pleaded.
Talking to the media, Memon said he will give himself up for arrest if the court does not rule in his favour.However, the chief justice refused to entertain Memon’s plea and returned it to his counsel.
Following the chief justice’s decision, Memon’s counsels approached the accountability court hearing the graft case and submitted a request stating that the court send the former minister to jail on judicial remand.
They stated that the former minister wants to surrender himself to the accountability court so he can be sent on judicial remand [and not in custody of NAB].The suspects are accused of corruption worth Rs5.76 billion in the award of advertisements of the Sindh government’s awareness campaigns in the electronic media.
Memon, who returned to Pakistan in March this year after ending his near two-year-long self-imposed exile, was arrested on his arrival by NAB but later obtained bail.
Besides the former information minister, former provincial information secretary Zulfiqar Ali Shalwani, deputy directors of information department Anita Baloch, Mansoor Ahmed Rajput and Mohammed Yousuf Kaboro, Mashood Hashmi of the Orient Communication (PVT) Ltd, Gulzar Ali and Salman Mansoor of Adarts and Inam Aktar of Evernew Concepts were among the 17 accused cited in the reference.
Memon claims the charges against him are politically motivated.