Sharjeel Memon sent on 10-day judicial remand

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KARACHI Pakistan Peoples Party leader and former Sindh information minister Sharjeel Inam Memon along with 11 other accused was sent on a 10-day judicial remand by an accountability court on Tuesday.

 

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) submitted that he was medically fit. He and 11 accomplices have been sent to jail till November 4.

 

Memon was arrested along with 11 accomplices by NAB officials on Monday after over six hours of running back-and-forth inside and outside the Sindh High Court.

 

The game of ‘catch me if you can’ started after an SHC bench cancelled the bail granted to Memon and 11 others. According to Samaa, he was in touch with CM Murad Ali Shah during this game.

 

NAB officials on Tuesday produced Memon along with other accused before the accountability court, a day after the close aide of Asif Ali Zardari was arrested in a Rs.5.76-billion corruption case. The PPP leader was produced amid tight security while party supporters were not allowed to enter the court premises.

 

Memon was taken into custody by NAB after Sindh High Court (SHC) rejected his bail plea in the case pertaining to award of advertisements at ‘exorbitant rates’ through the abuse of his power.

 

NAB officials also arrested 11 co-accused in the case who had been accompanying Memon in the court. Out of the 11, five had handed over themselves to NAB officials whereas the remaining seven were arrested along with Memon. One accused in the case had been granted extension in his bail.

 

Memon filed an appeal against his arrest in the court but the bench declined to hear the appeal, saying that it could be taken up if the Supreme Court overturned the lower court’s short order.

 

The PPP leader is also facing a separate reference regarding illegal adjustment and consolidation of hundreds of acres of land in favour of a private housing project. NNI

 

 

Originally published by NNI

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