SHC grants bail to PML-N Senator Kamran Michael in NAB case


KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has granted bail to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator and former ports and shipping minister Kamran Michael in a misuse of authority case.

Michael, a PML-N stalwart, is accused of illegally allotting three commercial and residential apartment plots in prime locations of KPT Cooperative Housing Society (Mai Kolachi area) in Karachi to his favourites, and receiving huge sums in return.

On July 9, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) informed the SHC that investigation against the former ports minister and his accomplices in the misuse of authority case had been completed and a reference had been sent to Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal for approval.

To this, the court bench – which was hearing the bail plea of Michael in the said case – had adjourned hearing until August 22.

Previously, the court had suspended interim bails of Michael and co-accused.

An inquiry was ordered against Michael in January 2018 for alleged misuse of his authority. The anti-corruption watchdog had arrested him on February 8.

Following the arrest, the bureau had said that the “former federal minister abused his authority by influencing the officials to carry out his illegal orders of making allotments in 2013,” adding that the trio of plots are worth Rs1.05 billion.