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Court orders Sharjeel Memon be presented on March 7

KARACHI: An accountability court on Saturday reissued arrest warrants for former Sindh information minister Sharjeel Memon and his accomplices and ordered the accused be presented in court on March 7.

The court was hearing  corruption offences and misuse of authority against Memon worth five billion rupees, filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The court while expressing concerns over the lack of efforts to arrest the former minister retained the earlier verdict declaring him an absconder and reissued the non-bailable arrest warrants.

The court also sought details of properties of former information deputy secretary Anita Baloch who is co-accused in the corruption case and has also been declared a proclaimed offender.

READ MORE: SHC rejects Sharjeel Memon’s bail extension plea

Sindh High Court on Friday had rejected the request for extension in bail for Memon, and declared that no further extensions would be provided as he has misused the judicial system.

The counsel of Memon apprised the court that SHC has reserved the verdict on Memon’s bail extension plea but not issued it. He pleaded the court that his client should not be declared an absconder.

The NAB prosecutor reminded the court that proceedings cannot be halted when it has been initiated, and that the counsel for Memon was misleading the court.

Sharjeel Memon is currently based in Dubai and London, and had been declared a proclaimed offender in corruption references. He faces two references including the illegal issuance of the government advertisements and illegal allotment of lands.

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