SHC rejects bail plea of Sharjeel Memon, others
KARACHI (92 News) – The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday rejected the bail plea of former Sindh minister for information Sharjeel Memon and others in case related to Rs 5.76 billion corruption.
The former provincial minister and others including Umer Shahzad, Gulzar Ali, Zulfikar Shelwani, Sarang Lateef and Salman Mansoor had petitioned the court seeking their bail in the case pertaining to the corruption of Rs 5.76 billion in the provincial information department.
The court rejected their plea.
According to NAB officials, 15 accused were in jail in the case while co-accused Riaz Muneer was on bail and another Aneeta Baloch was declared proclaimed offender.
On February 15, an accountability court had indicted former Sindh information minister Sharjeel Memon and 11 others in a corruption case pertaining to abuse of power in order to award of advertisements at inflated rates.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges. Asim Sikandar, Riaz Muneer, Inam Akbar and Muhammad Hanif, four of the men indicted in the case, raised questions on the indictment via an application.
Memon was arrested by a NAB team on October 23 after the SHC rejected his bail plea in a corruption case regarding the award of advertisements at ‘exorbitant rates’ through the abuse of his power as provincial information minister.
In lieu of his plea, Memon used a courtroom as a hideout to avoid getting arrested, also giving his team time to consider their options. NAB officials had also arrested 11 co-accused in the case.
The former minister had submitted a request before the court in November in which he had challenged a memorandum issued after his arrest which stated that Memon was arrested outside the SHC. Memon alleged that he was arrested within the court, which is a legal offence.