KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday adjourned the hearing of Faryal Talpur’s plea against Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) interim challan in the rs 35 billion money laundering case for an indefinite period due to the absence of her counsel, Farooq H Naik.
During the hearing of the case, Faryal Talpur said that FIA’s investigation is politically motivated.
“The inquiry which was closed in 2014 has been reopened again, the magistrate has not even declared the grounds on which he has accepted challan,” Faryal added.
She demanded that FIA’s Challan should be declared null and void.
Earlier on August 16, Karachi’s Banking Court had extended Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) member Faryal Talpur’s bail before arrest till September 04 in money laundering case.
On July 27, the banking court had granted bail before arrest to PPPs’ Faryal Talpur in money laundering case till August 16. The court had granted her bail against security bonds of Rs. two million.
Earlier on July 23, SHC’s Circuit Bench accepted Faryal Talpur’s six-day pre-arrest protective bail petition in a money-laundering probe against her and brother Asif Ali Zardari.
A two-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar took suo motu notice into the FIA’s probe of Rs35 billion money-laundering scam.
Justices Irshad Shah and Rasheed Soomro had approved Talpur’s pre-arrest bail petition.
The latter had pleaded that FIA’s cases were politically motivated and the purpose of arresting her was to prevent Talpur from contesting polls.
The Federal Investigation Agency on July 21 had declared the former president and his sister absconders in the money laundering case, which also nominated others including Zardari’s close aide and former Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) chairman Hussain Lawai.
The FIA had also declared 20 people including Anwar Majeed and his son absconder in the money laundering case.