KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC), on Wednesday, restrained the police from arresting former Sindh education secretary Fazalullah Pechuho, in a case pertaining to demanding a bribe from a schoolteacher and implicating him in a false case.
Fazalullah Pechuho is also the brother-in-law of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Asif Ali Zardari.
The SHC bench was hearing an application filed by Pechuho who is currently been tried in an anti-corruption court on the complaint of a suspended high school principal Muhammad Mithal.
The schoolteacher had alleged that the former secretary had demanded a bribe in order to reinstate him.
The anti-corruption court had previously issued non-bail-able warrants for the arrest of Pechuho. Suspending the warrants, the SHC directed Zardari’s brother-in-law to appear before the trial court and cooperate with the investigators.
According to the complainant, he was illegally suspended twice and the education department’s employees— Section Officer Abdul Jabbar and Junior Clerk Iftikhar Hussain— backed by Pechuho refused to reinstate him when he refused their bribe demand of Rs200,000.
However, on the other hand, Pechuho has denied the allegations, terming them as baseless and meant for tarnishing his image.