LHC to hear Hamza’s bail plea on 29th


The Lahore High Court (LHC) will hear the bail application of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Hamza Shehbaz in the Ramzan Sugar Mills reference on January 29.
A two-member bench comprising Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi and Justice Chaudhry Abdul Aziz will preside over the case.
Hamza has filed his bail plea through Advocate Amjad Pervaiz and has made the NAB chairman, NAB Directorate General and Investigating Officer parties in the petition.
The petition states that the anti-graft watchdog launched an investigation into the Ramzan Sugar Mills on the basis of malpractice but nothing was found despite multiple inquiries. It further read that the sewerage system on which the NAB initiated the investigation was made following the approval from then-provincial cabinet and assembly.
Advocate Amjad Pervaiz took a stance in the plea that co-accused Shehbaz Sharif has already been released on bail. He further stated that Hamza should also be exempted from the case as he is the Leader of the Opposition in Punjab Assembly and it is difficult for him to perform his duty from behind the bars.
The petition read that the illegal detention of Hamza violates Articles 4, 9, 13, 14 and 25 of the Constitution.
Hamza was arrested by NAB Lahore on June 11, 2019 in Ramzan Sugar Mills, and money laundering and assets beyond means cases.