SC issues notice to Federation on Sharjeel’s bail plea

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ISLAMABAD : The Supreme Court on Friday sought reply from the federation over the bail application of former Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon in Rs 5.76 billion corruption case.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa heard the bail application of Memon in a NAB case against him on charges of corruption amounting to Rs5.76 billion.

At present, the former sindh minister along with other accused is in prison after a Sindh High Court bench revoked interim bail granted to him and others in the case.

During the hearing, Justice Khosa observed that it was unusual that people fell ill the moment they were arrested by NAB.

He remarked that NAB needed to construct a state-of-the-art hospital for the high profile accused. Khosa said that as per media report Memon had been allocated a whole floor of the hospital where he is admitted.

He remarked that law allowed shifting of inmates to hospital for treatment, but people were misusing this facility. He added it has become a practice that medical board constituted to examine any under trail prisoners favours the accused. Upon this the courts have become cautious, he observed.

Upon this, Sharjeel counsel said that jail administration wrote to Sindh government stating that Sharjeel’s treatment cannot be done at the prison. Upon this he was shifted to hospital, the counsel informed.

The court while issuing notice to federal government adjourned hearing of the case till first week of January.

Orignally published by INP

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