Sharjeel Memon gets bail

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Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad

A division bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday granted protective bail to Sherjeel Inam Memon until April 5, 2017. Memon is allegedly involved in awarding advertisements as Sindh Minister for Information to the print and electronic media illegally. The IHC bench granted bail to Memon against two surety bonds of Rs1 million each. The former minister was also present in the courtroom. After the hearing, while talking to media, Memon said there was a law of jungle in the country and Ch Nisar Interior Minister was behind the cases against him. Memon was accompanied in the court by two senior lawyers, former chairmen Senate Farooq H Naek and Syed Nayyer Hussain Bukhari. Sindh minister for transport Syed Nasir Hussain Shah also accompanied him.
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Prosecutor Sardar Muzzaffar opposed protective bail to Memon but the division bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani rejected his plea.
Sardar Muzzaffar contested that Memon was a proclaimed offender and couldn’t claim rights of an ordinary citizen of Pakistan. He also questioned Memon’s affidavit attached with his petition where he had said that it was his first petition. Sardar Muzzaffar told the court that Memon on March 6, 2017 had applied for a protective bail before a Lahore High Court (LHC) bench but it was dismissed. Given this, it is now settled that Memon concealed facts from the IHC and did not mention the previous petition.
IHC bench at that instance said when a person wants to surrender himself before a court of law, he is no more a proclaimed offender. Why we should not issue an order that NAB itself should provide protection to the accused in reaching Karachi, IHC bench observed. After getting bail from the court, Sherjeel Memon while talking to the media said that he was grateful to the court. It was easy for him to stay outside the country and avoid legal proceedings. He said that all the cases against were nothing but victimization. In his petition, Memon cited Cabinet Division and Chairman NAB as respondents.