KARACHI: Former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur, in a key development, have challenged the banking court’s decision of transfer of money laundering case against them to Rawalpindi, in Sindh High Court on Saturday, ARY News reported.
A banking court had granted a plea of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday seeking transfer of the high-profile money laundering case against Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and other accused to Rawalpindi.
A petition filed by his counsel Farooq H. Naek in the SHC termed the banking court’s order as unlawful and pleaded to the high court to declare the decision as void.
Zardari’s sister Faryal Talpur has also challenged the banking court’s decision in Sindh High Court.
They have also submitted their affidavits for interim bail in the case.
Zardari’s counsel Farooque Naek has said that only the banking court’s decision has been challenged in the court today, the bail petition will be filed later.
Asif Zardari and Faryal Talpur left the high court premises after filing their petitions against the banking court’s decision.
The banking court yesterday suspended the bails of Asif Ali Zardari, Faryal Talpur, Nimar Majeed, Zulqarnain and other accused in the case.
Asif Ali Zardari, while talking to media after the court decision yesterday said that shifting of the case to Rawalpindi makes no difference.
Money laundering case
Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and other accused are facing an inquiry into the money laundering scam involving over Rs35 billion money laundered through fake bank accounts.
Zardari’s close aides Hussain Lawai and Anwar Majeed are also being investigated in the scandal. They both are in custody.
A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed to probe into the mega money laundering scam submitted its report in the Supreme Court. The report revealed that 29 fake bank accounts had been identified, which were used for money laundering.