Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman’s bail plea hearing postponed till July 7
Statesman Report
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday postponed the bail hearing of Jang/GeoMedia Group owner Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman's (MSR) till July 7.
A two-member bench of the LHC comprising Justice Shahbaz Rizvi and Justice Sardar Ahmad Nadeem were presiding over the hearing.
During the hearing Monday, the court asked NAB whether it had submitted its response in the case to which the anti-graft body's lawyer said it had.
Jang/GeoMedia Group owner Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman's lawyer told the court that according to NAB, the investigation against his client had been completed. The judge responded by saying that the copy of NAB's response was not attached to a file.
"We will listen to the case when the copy [of NAB's response] is attached to the file," said the bench, following which the judges ordered the high court office to attach a copy of NAB's response to the file.
The court inquired whether MSR had been sent on physical remand to jail to which his lawyer replied that he had been sent to jail on judicial remand.
"What material against Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman has been brought forth after April 7?" asked the court.
Director Land Development Bashir Ahmad and DG Lahore Development Authority Humayun Faiz Rasool's statements were recorded by NAB officials, responded MSR's lawyer.
NAB's special prosecutor said that the anti-graft body had also recorded statements of two LDA officers who were in service in 1986.
Justice Shahbaz inquired as to why only one copy of NAB's response had been presented to the court, to which the prosecutor replied that he had submitted four copies at the registrar's office.
MSR's lawyer Amjad Pervez told the court that no evidence against his client was presented. He said that all documents had been provided to NAB, stating that nothing more could be obtained against his client.
He urged the court to release Jang/GeoMedia Group owner Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman on bail.
The court after hearing the arguments from both the sides postponed the hearing on the bail plea till July 7.