Islamabad, June 3 (IANS) A bench in the Lahore High Court (LHC) division on Wednesday gave pre-arrest guarantees until June 17 to Opposition Leader at the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, a day after the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team raided his residence to arrest him in connection with his arrest with cases relating to money laundering and safeguarding assets outside known sources of income.
During the trial, Sharif’s lawyer claimed that although he was summoned by the NAB on Tuesday, a warrant dated May 28, implied that monitors had decided to arrest him. To this, NAB’s legal counsel responded by saying that a warrant was issued when there was enough evidence to make an arrest, Dawn reported.
Granting Sharif’s guarantee until June 17, the court also asked him to submit a guarantee deposit of Rs 500,000.
Sharif’s legal team submitted a pre-detention petition on June 1, the day before he was required to appear before the NAB investigation team. However, the guarantee application cannot be fixed for inspection in front of the bench on Tuesday.
Also for the third time, Sharif on Tuesday refused to appear before NAB, citing health problems.
In a statement delivered to the bureau, he said: “It has been widely reported in the media that some NAB officials have tested positive for COVID-19.”
“Please appreciate (that) I am a cancer survivor and I am 69 years old. I have been advised of limited exposure because of the strange background of low immunity,” he said.
He added that he was available to answer any questions by the investigation team via Skype.
Earlier on Wednesday, Deputy Chair of the Pakistan Lawyers Council (PBC) Abid Saqi and Secretary of the Lahore High Court Association Haroon Dogal submitted a petition asking the Lahore High Court to give Sharif permission to reach the court.
The petition said that the police had “made obstacles” on the way to court to prevent (Sharif from achieving them).
A similar petition was also submitted by Azam Nazeer Tarar, a member of PBC.
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