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Court rejects NAB’s plea for physical remand of Kamran Michael

Court rejects NAB’s plea for physical remand of Kamran Michael
February 12, 2019
KARACHI (92 News) – The court on Tuesday rejected National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) plea for physical remand of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Kamran Michael on charges of misuse of authority. The NAB produced Michael before the judge in court number 3. However, he was then recommended to court number 2 where NAB’s request for physical remand was dismissed. Meanwhile, the accused has been sent to jail on judicial remand.
Court approves five-day transit remand of Kamran Michael
On Feb 9, an accountability court approved the transit remand of PML-N Senator and former minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael for five days. After the approval of the transit remand, a NAB team took him to Karachi. The NAB had arrested Kamran Michael on the charges of illegal allotment of plots and misuse of authority. Earlier, the NAB spokesperson termed the arrest of Kamran Michael a ‘major breakthrough’, saying that Michael has been accused of illegally allotting three commercial and residential apartment plots in prime locations of KPT Cooperative Housing Society (Mai Kolachi area) in Karachi to his favourites, against which he allegedly received a huge sum. “The former federal minister abused his authority by influencing the officials to carry out his illegal orders of making allotments in 2013,” said the NAB official, adding that the trio of plots are worth Rs1.05 billion. The evidence against Michael, NAB Karachi says, was unearthed during their investigation into a corruption reference filed in a separate probe involving 16 other plots. Micheal was the minister for Ports and Shipping between 2013 and 2016. He had held several other portfolios as well in federal cabinets across different tenures. Earlier, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) shifted former federal minister Kamran Michael to Karachi. The NAB team left for Karachi from Lahore Airport. He was brought to airport without handcuffs. The PML-N leader was arrested by the NAB on the charges of corruption and misuse of power.