SC adjourns PPP leader Syed Khursheed Shah’s bail plea for two weeks
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday adjourned hearing of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah's post-arrest bail plea for two weeks.
A three-member bench of the court headed by Justice Mushir Alam and comprising Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah heard the case filed by Syed Khursheed Shah and his son.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has also approached the Supreme Court against the decision to grant bail to Syed Khurshid Shah's son-in-law, wife and others.
According to the NAB, on receipt of multiple complaints against the petitioner (Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, MNA) that he was the richest man in the Sindh beyond his known sources of income, the NAB conducted inquiry and investigation whereby collected the evidence against him and filed a reference in NAB Court Sukkur.
He was nominated the accused No.1 in the Reference No.17/2019 along with seventeen others. The Petitioner/ accused in connivance with other co-accused persons accumulated assets beyond their known sources to the tune of Rs.1,229,449,803, which were disproportionate to their known sources of income.
During the course of proceedings, Advocate Raza Rabbani, counsel for Khursheed Shah said that his client was arrested from Islamabad on Separate 18, 2019. He said that the NAB produced his client before Accountability Court Sukkur on September 31, 2019 after getting transit remand from Accountability Court Islamabad. Khursheed Shah was sent to jail on judicial remand after 45 days, he added. He said that his client was in jail since last one year.
Raza Rabbani said that the accountability court had granted bail to Khursheed Shah against a surety bond of Rs 0.5 million on December 17, 2019 but surprisingly, the judge went on a long leave instead of signing the bail bonds as per the court decision. The same cases were filed against Khursheed Shah in 2001 and his client was facing these cases since 2001, he added.
He said that NAB dismissed the cases on the basis of lack of evidence in 2012. Now the same agricultural land cases had been registered against his client, he added.
He said that his client had disclosed all 12 agricultural land properties in his assets.
Khursheed Shah and his family had also submitted assets and income tax records.
The details of three bank accounts were also submitted, he added.
Justice Mushir Alam asked the counsel to inform the court that on what grounds he filed bail application.
The court also decided to club the both bail pleas of Khursheed Shah.
Justice Mushir Alam said that the NAB had alleged that Khursheed Shah's financial status in 1977 was very low. It was alleged that Khursheed Shah's assets increased after joining politics, he added.
The counsel said that his client was not accused of corruption as all his properties were declared in income tax returns.
The court also issued notices to Syed Khursheed Shah's son-in-law, wife and others on NAB petition seeking cancellation of bail. - APP