Nawaz seeks early hearing of appeal in graft cases

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ISLAMABAD: Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s counsel on Saturday requested the Supreme Court (SC) to fix the hearing for Nawaz’s appeal on November 2 against the Registrar Office’s objections, as the matter pertains to fundamental rights.

Nawaz had earlier filed an appeal through his counsel challenging the Registrar Office’s order to return his constitutional petition through which he had sought consolidation of three references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against him and his children.

The Registrar Office had raised objections and returned Nawaz’s October 20 constitutional petition. Following this, his counsel filed an appeal against the objections, contending that there was no constitutional bar on any citizen to approach to the court and requested for hearing the petition at earliest.

The former prime minister had, in his petition, asked the court to declare multiple trials on a single charge against him as prejudice against his fundamental rights and fair trial, requesting further to suspend the proceedings of the court until the filing of a consolidated reference by NAB.

In September, a larger bench of the apex court had dismissed the Sharif family’s petition seeking review of the July 28 SC verdict that disqualified Nawaz Sharif and ordered NAB to file three separate references against him.

The accountability court had indicted Nawaz Sharif in three references and will start recording statements of prosecution witnesses from November 3.