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SC seeks reply on Sharjeel Memon’s bail plea in graft case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the federal authorities and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on a petition of former information minister Sharjeel Memon seeking bail in a case pertaining to the corruption of Rs5.76 billion in the provincial information department.

The PPP leader approached the apex court after the rejection of his bail plea by the Sindh High Court. He has pleaded with the apex court to set aside the high court’s decision in the case and grant him bail.

A bench of the apex court issued notice to the official respondents to submit their replies on the petition before next hearing and directed court office to fix the matter for hearing in the first week of January.

The former provincial minister has challenged his arrest at the hands of NAB on the ground that it does not have evidence enough to corroborate allegations against him and his arrest doesn’t conform to accountability laws.

On October 23, Memon was taken into custody along with other suspects from outside the Sindh High Court’s main building after the court revoked their interim bail in the corruption reference.

Sharjeel Memon, who had returned to Pakistan in March this year after his two-year-long self-imposed exile, is facing several charges of misappropriation and corruption.

A reference filed against him related to the alleged award of government advertisements at exorbitant rates, causing loss of more than Rs five billion to the national exchequer.

Another case related to his alleged role in getting the state land allotted and adjusted in 43 Dehs at throwaway prices for a property developer, depriving the public exchequer of billions of rupees in revenue.

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