LAHORE (92 News) - The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday approved the bail of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.
The decision to grant bail was announced by a two-member bench headed by Justice Ali Baqir. The court attached the conditions on bail of Maryam Nawaz.
The court has ordered that the defendant deposit two surety bonds for Rs10 million each for the bail, 70 million on behalf of bail guarantee and her passport to be also submitted in the court.
Justice Baqir Ali Najfi announced the verdict granting bail to Maryam Nawaz so that she can look after her ailing father, Nawaz Sharif.
It is pertinent to mention here that the LHC had reserved the ruling on Oct 31 over her plea.
During the hearing, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor had told the LHC that the petitioner sought bail for looking after her father Nawaz Sharif, however, the law has no space for such a genre of bail.
The prosecutor had pleaded LHC to reject the petition and declare it non-maintainable.
Later, the court granted conditional bail to Maryam Nawaz.
During the previous hearing, the NAB prosecutor appeared before the court in where he continued arguments. He told the court that the petitioner sought bail for looking after her father and the law has not space for the genre of bail.
He argued that various inquiries are under proceeding against Maryam Nawaz including the case related to the judge’s blackmailing scandal, Flagship and Al-Azizia references.
Justice Najafi questioned for Maryam’s conviction in a corruption reference. To this, the prosecutor responded that she is convicted in Avenfield reference and sentenced for seven-year imprisonment. The sentence was suspended by the Islamabad High Court (IHC),” he added.
The prosecutor pleaded LHC to reject the petition and declare it non-maintainable.
After the conclusion of arguments, the LHC bench reserved its verdict which would be announced.
Maryam is on judicial remand in an inquiry related to Chaudhry Sugar Mills case. An accountability court last week extended her judicial remand till November 2.
The petition was filed by filed by Amjad Pervez and Azam Nazeer. In the petition, Maryam has pleaded with the court to release her on bail as her father is unwell and undergoing medical treatment at Lahore’s Services Hospital.
The PML-N leader also adopted a stance that she has to take care of her farther and her presence with ailing father is necessary.
in he previous hearing, Maryam’s lawyer argued that the NAB has completed its investigation from her and now she is on judicial remand. On reply, the court remarked that read the reply of NAB and then argue on the point.
Earlier, PM Imran Khan has allowed Maryam Nawaz to stay with her ailing father Nawaz Sharif
in Services Hospital. She has been granted permission to stay with her father on humanitarian grounds. The Punjab government has been informed about the decision made by the prime minister.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan phoned Punjab Governor Ch Sarwar and directed him to ensure healthcare facilities to Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz.