Islamabad (February 19, 2018): The Islamabad High Court On Monday upheld the lower court decision to allow bail to the son-in-law of former Prime Minister, Capt (Retd) Safdar and rejected NAB plea to dismiss the bail application in Avenfield NAB reference case.
The decision was made by a two-member bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
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On Dec 14 last year, the bench, which comprises Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani and Justice Aamer Farooq, had reserved its decision.
Safdar is the son-in-law of deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and faces a corruption reference in the accountability court alongside Nawaz and his wife Maryam.
NAB has contended before the IHC that the accountability court did not have the authority to release Safdar on bail and seeks Safdar’s transfer to Adiala Jail on judicial remand.On November 23, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted extension to NAB for arguments in its own plea against the release of Captain Safdar on bail in avenfield properties case.
The two member bench of IHC comprises of justice Amir Farooq and justice Mohsin Akhter Kiyani has heard the NAB plea against the captain Safdar release on bail.
The NAB prosecutor Afzal Qureshi has requested the court for more time to present arguments saying that NAB was waiting the copy of Sindh High Court decision in Sharheel Memon case.Commenting over NAB plea, justice Amir Farooq said that NAB has granted time thrice before today and asked “Why are you asking time for Thursday , is it your lucky day.”
On which NAB prosecutor replied that there was hearing in trial court on Tuesday and Wednesday, therefore he requested for Thursday.
The court accepting his request granted him time and adjourned the hearing for next Thursday.