LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday, while adjourning the hearing of bail petitions for Jang/Geo Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakilur Rahman in plots exemption case till April 7, sought arguments from National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) prosecutor on the next hearing.
The division bench, headed by Justice Sardar Ahmad Naeem, heard the petitions filed by Mir Shakil and his wife Shahina Shakil.
Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan appeared on behalf of the petitioners and pleaded with the court for immediate release of Mir Shakil while setting aside his physical remand. He said that the bureau had arrested his client without any lawful authority. “It was a private transaction but the bureau acted beyond its jurisdiction and arrested my client,” he said while arguing that the plots were exempted in accordance with the law and then prevalent policy.
“The bureau violated its own policy and SOPs by arresting his client since NAB had decided not to summon businessmen and issued SOPs to this effect during October 2019,” he added.
Subsequently, the bench adjourned further hearing till April 7 on conclusion of arguments by petitioners’ counsel and sought arguments from NAB prosecutor on the next date of hearing.
Earlier, a NAB prosecutor filed a reply to the petition, filed by Mir Shakil at the start of the proceedings.
Mir Shakil was arrested by the bureau on March 12 in illegal plots exemption case. The bureau had alleged that the accused obtained illegal exemption for 54 plots of one-kanal each in Johar Town area of Lahore, with the connivance of Nawaz Sharif, the then chief minister of Punjab, in violation of the exemption policy.