Ac­count­abil­ity Court ad­journs hear­ing till May 28

In­dict­ment of Dr Asim Hus­sain

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY -

IR­FAN ALIGI KARACHI—The ac­count­abil­ity Court has ad­journed the hear­ing of cases of al­leged cor­rup­tion to the tune of 17 bil­lion against for­mer Prime Min­is­ter’s ad­viser on Pe­tro­leum and for­mer Sindh Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion Chair­man Dr Asim Hus­sain and oth­ers un­til May 28.

The Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau (NAB) prose­cu­tors wanted to see the ac­cused are for­mally in­dicted but the sit­u­a­tion has taken a dif­fer­ent as­pect as the coun­sels of the ac­cused have moved a pe­ti­tion in Sindh High Court and thus the for­mal in­dict­ment could be done.

Dur­ing the case hear­ing the coun­sels of the ac­cused in­formed the Ac­count­abil­ity Court that since they have on be­half o their clients moved SHC and the higher court has also is­sued no­tices to the NAB, there­fore, the for­mal in­dict­ment should not be pro­cessed un­til the higher court’s de­ci­sion on the peti- tion.

The NAB prose­cu­tors had re­sisted and op- posed the coun­sel of the ac­cused and told the Ac­count­abil­ity Court that they wanted to keep the for­mal in­dict­ment as hang­ing be­cause the SHC has not stayed against the trial of the ac­cused in the Ac­count­abil­ity Court.

How­ever, the Ac­count­abil­ity Court ad­journed the hear­ing un­til May 28.

Ear­lier, the coun­sel of the ac­cused Dr Asim Hus­sain, Yousuf An­sari, Basharat Mirza, Naveed Mukhtar moved SHC through a pe­ti­tion against in­dict­ment of their clients in JJVL cor­rup­tion case to the tune of 17 bil­lion.

The coun­sels of the ac­cused pleaded to the SHC that un­til the Is­lam­abad High Court an­nounces its fi­nal ver­dict on the JVL cor­rup­tion case, the Ac­count­abil­ity Court should be asked not to pro­ceed for for­mal in­dict­ment of the ac­cused.

The SHC on hear­ing the plea is­sued no­tices to the re­spon­dents for May 25.

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