• LHC rejects NAB plea for change of bench in Shehbaz bail petitions

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    The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday rejected National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) plea for a change of bench hearing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shehbaz Sharif’s bail petitions.

    LHC Chief Justice Sardar Mehmood Shamim Khan heard NAB’s plea.

    The LHC chief justice first reserved the decision and then later while announcing a short verdict rejected NAB’s plea.

    In its plea, the accountability watchdog had stated, “A two-judge bench headed by Justice Malik Shehaz is hearing Shehbaz’s petitions and they should be transferred to a bench headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najfi.”

    NAB had said that a bench headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najfi has rejected the bail petitions of the co-accused.

    On October 6, NAB had arrested the PML-N president in the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case and he is currently in jail on remand.

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