SHC extends protective bail of Jam Khan Shoro

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KARACHI:  The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday extended protective bail of former Sindh minister Jam Khan Shoro till April 30, in connection with an inquiry being carried out against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

On March 14, a two-judge bench headed by SHC Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M Sheikh had approved bail for the PPP leader against a surety of Rs500,000. During the hearing of the case, the Investigation Officer (IO) of NAB informed the honourable court that the Board has given the approval to file references against the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and others for causing huge loss to the national exchequer.

He said plots were auctioned on his[Jam Khan Shoro] directions by the Karachi Development Authority (KDA) officials. “The reference will soon be presented before the court”, the IO assured the bench. Later the court adjourned the hearing of the case after extending Jam Khan Shoro’s bail till April 30.

According to the accountability watchdog body three different inquiries were being carried out against the former Sindh’s local government minister, one of them pertained to illegal allotment of 62 government plots in Karachi’s Gulistan-e-Jauhar area. NAB said illegal allotment of plots cost the national exchequer Rs180 million. Former Director General of KDA Nasir Abbas has also been arrested in the same case.