SHC orders Dr Asim’s name in ECL Judges differ over granting bail

Staff Reporter

Karachi

The Sindh High Court on Friday issued orders for Dr Asim’s name to be included in the Exit Control List.
Sindh High Court conducted proceedings of Dr Asim’s bail request in two corruption references of Rs 479 billion. Justice Farooq Shah and Justice KK Agha were part of the two-member bench that conducted the hearings.
The Sindh High Court gave its written order and issued directives for authorities to submit Dr Asim’s original passport with the court. It also directed the Interior Ministry to not issue Dr Asim a duplicate passport.
INP adds: Judges of the two-member bench of Sindh High Court were not on the same page during hearing regarding Dr Asim’s bail on Friday. One of the judges was in favour of the bail while the other was against it in two corruption cases.
Justice K K Agha said Asim’s life could be at risk, therefore, he should be given bail on two surety bonds of Rs2.5 million each.
However, Justice Farooq Shah, who was heading the bench, dismissed the request, saying Asim was getting the necessary medical treatment. “He should not be given bail for the time being,” he said, suggesting Asim’s name be put on the Exit Control List.
The issue was forwarded to the chief justice of Pakistan so that a referee judge is nominated to take the case forward.
The hearing was held over two corruption references of Rs479 billion against Asim.

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