Sharjeel Memon’s graft hearing adjourned till February 15

KARACHI, PAKISTAN, OCT 23: National Accountability Bureau arrested Peoples Party (PPPP) leader, Sharjeel Inam Memon outside the Sindh High Court after his bail was rejected in 5.76 billion rupees corruption in Information Department of Sindh, in Karachi on Monday, October 23, 2017. (S.Imran Ali/PPI Images).

KARACHI: The hearing of the graft reference against former Sindh information minister Sharjeel Memon was adjourned by the accountability court till February 15 owing to the absence of the accountability judge.

According to reports, police produced Sharjeel Memon and other accused in the court as it was to resume their trial in the case pertaining to the corruption of Rs 5.76 billion in the provincial information department, however, the hearing was postponed to a later date.

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. The accused has been charged with the embezzlement of Rs 5,766,479,766.

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.



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