LHC rejects NAB’s plea seeking change of bench for Shehbaz Sharif’s bail plea


LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday rejected the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) petition seeking a change of bench hearing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif’s bail petitions.

LHC Chief Justice Sardar Mehmood Shamim Khan heard the NAB’s plea and reserved judgment on the admissibility of hearing of the bail plea and ruled that the same bench will hear the petition.

In its plea, the accountability watchdog had stated, “A two-judge bench headed by Justice Malik Shehaz is hearing Shehbaz’s petitions and they should be transferred to a bench headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najfi.”

The prosecutor further said that a two-member bench headed by Justice Najfi had already rejected Shehbaz’s bail.

“There are already many complaints against the NAB, now it would form the court’s bench according to its will!” the judge remarked.

On October 6, NAB had arrested the PML-N president in the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case and he is currently in jail on remand.