Islamabad:Supreme Court of Pakistan taking notice of long custody of accused by the NAB has said that it is injustice to keep the accused in the long custody.
The SC divisional bench chaired by Justice Umar Atta Bandial and Justice Yahya Afridi the another member of the bench took notice of the long custody of accused by the NAB in hearing a bail petition of Director Food Punjab Muhammad Ajmal on Friday.
The court said that the accused can be kept in the custody if he is a risk for society and a trial while there is a need of differentiating accused related to violent criminal cases and white collar crimes.
Elaborating it further, Justice Umar Atta Bandial said that the NAB can control the conduct of the accused and there are other ways to control the accused besides being kept in custody.
They (accused) can be controlled through their passports, bank accounts and assets, the judge
The defense minister Abdi Saqi told the court as per the accountability court they have 80 cases pending adding that the accused was indicted in August 2020 and he has been in the NAB custody for 14 months.
The NAB prosecutor told the court when Justice Yahya Afridi asked him, the NAB will not delay in any reference, viewing that if bails were granted on just delay then every accused will ask for the bail.
He expressed happiness over the court decision for daily trials of the corruption references adding that the NAB also wanted to end the cases early.
The SC asking the reasons to accountability court of Lahore regarding the delay in the trial adjourned the hearing till third week of November.