The anti-corruption watchdog on Tuesday (Dec 3) withdrew its petition in the Supreme Court, challenging the bail granted to PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif in the Ashiana-e-Iqbal housing scam case.
Hearing the Ashiana case, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa remarked, “Bail cannot be suspended in prima facie case. Some of the accused have spent time in jail due to lack of progress in the case.”
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) lawyer Naeem Bokhari appraised the court that Fawad Hasan Fawad, the former principal secretary to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, had allegedly taken money for the suspension of the agreement with Chaudhry Abdul Latif and Sons.
A three-judge SC bench, headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, disposed of the matter when the petitioner withdrew the appeals, but the counsel brought to the attention of the apex court that observations made in the high court’s order had the tendency of prejudicing the trial before an accountability court.
On the other hand, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday decided to open new corruption inquiry against former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif. The executive board of the NAB has given the approval to file six new corruption references during a session held under the chair of Justice (rtd) Javed Iqbal.
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