Accountability Court adjourns hearing till May 28

Indictment of Dr Asim Hussain

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 petition.
The NAB prosecutors had resisted and opposed 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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