Case against Shahid Masood adjourned till Feb 19


ISLAMABAD: An accountability court (AC) on Friday adjourned the hearing of Pakistan Television (PTV) corruption reference against its former managing director (MD) Dr Shahid Masood till February 19.

AC Judge Muhammad Bashir conducted the hearing of the reference against the TV anchor regarding alleged corruption in PTV during his tenure as the national broadcaster’s MD.

During the hearing, Masood’s counsel prayed to the court to adjourn the case and grant to his client one-day exemption from hearing which was accepted by the court.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court (SC) issued written orders directing the authorities to release Masood on bail against the deposit of Rs500,000 as surety bonds.

A two-judge bench headed by Justice Manzoor Ahmed Malik had granted bail to the anchorperson in PTV corruption case after going through the arguments of both last Monday.

In the written verdict, the apex court observed that additional attorney general confirmed the inquiry in the case was initiated by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in 2014, which was concluded in December 2015 on the basis whereof a formal FIR was registered on December 15, 2015.

In the FIR, three people, namely Kashif Rabbani, Fawad Shabbir and Syed Roshan Mustafa Gillani, were nominated as accused. The first interim challan in the case was submitted before a court of competent jurisdiction on March 16, 2016, and Masood’s name was not mentioned in it.

The bench also observed that Masood was nominated in the year 2018 whereas the three others had already been granted bail.

According to the additional attorney general, Masood or any of his relatives neither had any concern with the firms namely M/s Deans Creation Lahore and International Sport Solution allegedly involved in the case nor was there any evidence that the petitioner or anyone else, on his behalf, had gained any monetary benefits or received illegal gratification from the alleged transactions.