SHC reserves verdict Sharjeel’s, others’ bail please in corruption case


KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday reserved its verdict on post-arrest bail applications of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) lawmaker Sharjeel Inam Memon and others in Rs5.76 billion corruption case.

Sharjeel, along with the officials of a private advertising agency including Inam Akbar, Riaz Munir, Hanif, Asim Khan Sikandar and others were being tried in the reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The bureau had maintained that the accused persons in connivance with each other had caused billions of rupees loss to the national exchequer through ‘embezzling’ in the Sindh information department’s electronic campaign.

The accused persons had filed bail pleas before the SHC after their interim pre-arrest bails were revoked by the SHC on October 23 last year.

Sharjeel through his counsel Sardar Latif Khosa submitted that he was suffering from a serious disease but had not been provided due medical facilities in the prison. The lawyer requested the court to grant him a bail on medical grounds, maintaining that the medical board had advised proper treatment.

On the other hand, the NAB prosecutor opposed the bail pleas and contended that there were sufficient pieces of evidence of corruption in the provincial information department and the case was being tried in the accountability court.

After hearing the arguments from all sides, the SHC bench reserved its verdict that will be announced on March 2.