Islamabad (December 14, 2017): Islamabad High Court will hear National Accountability Bureau (NAB) petition seeking cancellation of bail granted to MNA Capt (Retd) Safder in the corruption case today.
The court will take up the anti-graft watchdog appeal against the Accountability Court’s decision to grant bail to Capt (retd) Safder.
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A large number of PML-N workers have gathered outside IHC. The PML-N workers are raising slogans in favout of Safder and Sharif family.
During last hearing of the case, NAB’s deputy prosecutor general had informed the bench that the accountability court issued on October 2 non-bailable warrants for Safdar, after which he was arrested and produced in court on October 9.The NAB official had contended that the accountability court did not have the authority to release Safdar on bail, and pleaded that the court’s order rejecting their request to send him to Adiala Jail be rescinded.
Justice Aamer Farooq, who heads the bench, remarked that Safdar would have to be summoned to court since NAB seeks the cancellation of his bail.
The IHC had then summoned the former premier’s son-in-law on December 14 and adjourned the hearing.On November 3, NAB had challenged the accountability court’s order granting bail to Safdar in the Avenfield properties case.
Safdar was taken into custody by NAB officials after he and his wife Maryam arrived in Islamabad from London to attend the corruption hearing against them on October 9.
The court had issued non-bailable warrants against him after he had been a no-show in the previous three hearings of the case, filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case.On October 9, the court had approved Maryam and Safdar’s bail and ordered them to submit surety bonds worth Rs5 million each.
Safdar, who was produced in court by NAB officials after spending the night in custody, was also directed to take the court’s permission before leaving the country from now on.