Islamabad (October 2, 2017): Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Monday challenged the decision of Accountability Court Islamabad to indict him in a reference filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against him for accumulating assets beyond known sources of income.
Naming Chairman NAB and the accountability court as respondent, Dar filed a petition through senior counsel Khwaja Harris in Islamabad High Court (IHC).
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Dar submitted in his petitions that the accountability court did not fulfill the requirements of law while framing charges against him in the court.
He pleaded the court to go through the process wherein he was incited.Dar, in his petition, stated that he was indicted by the accountability court without giving him the mandated time and requested the IHC to suspend the indictment proceedings.
The finance minister said as he should be given time to file his response on the case, the IHC should order the accountability court to suspend its trial proceedings until a decision on his petition.During the hearing of the accountability court earlier, Dar’s counsel had asked the judge to be granted seven days for perusing the reference against his client but the judge denied the request, observing that the court has to complete the trial in six months as per the apex court’s directions.
The judge had observed that they will conduct daily hearings in the case and also directed Dar to deposit a Rs5 million surety bond to ensure his appearance at the hearings.