SHC rejects Asif Zardari, Talpur’s pleas against transfer of case to Islamabad
KARACHI (92 News) – The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday upheld the banking court verdict, rejecting the pleas of former president Asif Zardari and his Frayal Talpur against the transfer of the money laundering case to Islamabad.
The pleas were filed by Asif Zardari, Faryal Talpur, Anwar Majeed and other accused. The court will issue the detailed verdict later on.
Money laundering mastermind arrested by Interpol from Dubai
Earlier on Tuesday, a key accused in the fake accounts case was arrested by Interpol from Dubai.
Arif Khan was accounts officer of Omni Group and considered to be the mastermind behind money laundering. All the fake accounts were operated under his supervision. His name is also included in the JIT report.
The FIA had issued his red warrants a month ago. Security agencies are terming his arrest a key success.
After the arrest of CFO Aslam Masood, Arif Khan’s arrest is a key development in the case.
On the other hand, former provincial minister Owais Muzaffar Tappi has denied the reports about his arrest from Dubai.
Zardari, Talpur granted pre-arrest bail in fake accounts case
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted pre-arrest bail to former president Asif Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur in the fake accounts case.
The court ordered Asif Zardari has been granted pre-arrest bail till April 12 while Faryal Talpur was given the bail till April 10. The court also ordered them to furnish the surety bonds worth Rs one million each.
The court also issued notice to the National Accountability Bureau.
Earlier fearing their arrest in the fake accounts case, former president Asif Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur had moved the Islamabad High Court.
On the other hand, former president Asif Zardari sought time till April 10 in the case of importing luxury vehicles without tax.
Qaim Ali Shah granted pre-arrest bail till April 8
Earlier today, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday granted pre-arrest bail to Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah till April 8 in the fake accounts case.
The court ordered him to furnish surety bonds worth Rs one million. An IHC division bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani granted him the bail.
In his petition, the former Sindh chief minister had contended that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had summoned him on Wednesday, March 27 and he fears that he may be arrested upon his appearance. The petition further stated that Shah is 85-year-old and is entitled to pre-arrest bail due to his age.
During preliminary arguments, Shah’s counsel told the court that NAB had summoned the ex-CM in connection with an investigation into Thatta Sugar Mills and Dadu Sugar Mills.
The court observed that the instant petition was about NAB’s call up notice in the Thatta Sugar Mills inquiry. The counsel replied that he would file another petition for the second NAB notice regarding Dadu Sugar Mills.
Shah had named NAB Chief Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal and director general of the bureau as respondents. Meanwhile, the IHC has reserved the verdict on the application filed by Nimar Majeed for giving details of all cases.