ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday granted bail to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Faryal Talpur in a case pertaining to money laundering through fake bank accounts which is being probed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
She was granted bail against surety bonds worth Rs10 million.
During Tuesday’s hearing, the court asked NAB’s Additional Prosecutor General Jahanzaib Bharwana if the bureau was done interrogating Talpur. Bharwana responded in the affirmative.
In response to the court’s inquiry regarding Talpur’s involvement in the case, NAB’s counsel insisted that money, allegedly transferred to Zardari Group’s bank account from a fake bank account, was withdrawn later by a cheque signed by Talpur.
NAB had taken the PPP leader into custody earlier this year to interrogate her in the case.
Talpur had filed a bail application earlier this month, maintaining that she is the mother of a differently-abled child. In order to care for her child, she asked the court to grant bail until the completion of the trail. Her appeal was meant to be heard last week but was adjourned until today as NAB had not submitted a response.
Her brother Asif Ali Zardari was also granted bail by the IHC last week on medical grounds.
Zardari, Talpur, and others accused face charges of corruption through fake bank accounts and embezzlement in the financial facility for Park Lane Private Limited and Parthenon (Pvt) Limited. NAB alleged that the national exchequer suffered a loss of Rs3.77 billion because of the irregularities.