NAB to challenge Shehbaz Sharif’s bail in top court


LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to move the Supreme Court (SC) to challenge the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) decision to grant bail to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif.

The anti-corruption watchdog is likely to file an appeal in the top court this week in a bid to nullify bail given to Shehbaz.

Complete records pertaining to the graft cases were shifted to NAB headquarters in the federal capital.

The LHC had granted bail to Shehbaz on February 14 in Ramzan Sugar Mills and Ashiana Housing Scheme references.

The court had released 22-page verdict in the Ashiana Housing scandal and a 20-page decision on the Ramzan Sugar Mills case later on February 21.

In its detailed verdict, the court had said that the Punjab Land Development Company (PLDC) board was behind transferring a project contract to Lahore Development Authority (LDA). However, the NAB had claimed that the former chief minister had misused his authority to transfer the project.

No charge of financial irregularity was imposed on Shehbaz in the Ashiana case, the verdict stated.

Similarly, the former CM had also not been accused of any financial irregularity in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case.

The court observed that Shahbaz Sharif never remained Chief Executive of the mills and granted bail to him in two graft cases of Ramzan Sugar Mills and Ashiana Housing Scheme.