LHC seeks NAB’s response on Maryam’s bail plea

Police officers escort Maryam Nawaz, daughter of arrested former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, as she appears in an accountability court in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. Court summoned her for using a bogus trust deed in the Avenfield properties case. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry)

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday issued notices to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) over Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz’s plea seeking interim bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.

A two-member bench, comprising Justice Ali Baqar Najafi and Justice Sardar Raza, heard the case.

The petition stated that Maryam Nawaz is being subjected to political revenge and that the anti-corruption watchdog has not found single evidence against her. The petition also requested the court to release her from jail.

The court then issued notices to NAB on Maryam’s bail plea and ordered the case record from the bureau on October 14.

Maryam, however, will produce before the accountability court under strict security arrangements on Wednesday in the same case.

Maryam is facing charges of laundering money allegedly through Chaudhry Sugar Mills. She has over 12 million shares of Chaudhary Sugar Mills (47 per cent ownership) while her father Nawaz Sharif, with over 12 million shares, is the largest shareholder (46 per cent ownership) of the company. According to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Maryam was also the director of Chaudhary Sugar Mills from 1992 till 1997.