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  • LHC extends interim bail of Hamza till May 22

    Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly, Hamza Shehbaz File Photo Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly, Hamza Shehbaz

    A bench of Lahore High Court (LHC) Wednesday extended interim bail of the Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly, Hamza Shehbaz, till May 22.

    The court approved a petition of Hamza Shehbaz seeking bail in assets beyond income, Ramazan Sugar Mills and Saaf Pani accountability cases against him.

    The bench ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to submit the reasons for the arrest of Hamza Shehbaz.

    The NAB officials informed the bench that some documents have been given on the request of Hamza Shehbaz adding that all papers could not be handed over under the law.

    “The bureau not providing the permission under which the inquiry against my client initiated,” the counsel of Hamza informed the bench.

    The documents regarding the financial monitoring unit also not being provided, the lawyer further said.

    Hamza Shehbaz along with his lawyers appeared in the hearing amid tight security arrangements in the high court.

    In an earlier hearing the court ordered NAB prosecutor to produce documents in the cases. The bench asked NAB prosecutor to inform the court regarding availability of documents in the references.

    Shehbaz’s counsel Salman Butt apprised LHC judge that the documents which were considered as the part of the reference were not attached in assets beyond income case. He added that the case cannot be proceeded without completion of the documents.

     

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