LAHORE: Lahore High Court adjourned Jang / Geo Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman (MSR) listened to the hearing until July 7, it was reported Geo News on Monday.
A bench of two LHC members consisting of Judge Shahbaz Rizvi and Judge Sardar Ahmad Nadeem presided over the hearing.
During the trial today, the court asked NAB whether the NAB had submitted its response in a case that the anti-corruption agency said was the case.
MSR’s lawyer told the court that according to NAB, the investigation of his client had been completed. The judge replied by saying that a copy of the NAB response was not attached to the file.
“We will listen to the case when the copy [of NAB’s response] attached to the file, “said bench, following the judge ordering the high court office to attach a copy of the NAB’s response to the file.
The court asked whether MSR had been sent with physical detention to prison and his lawyer responded that he had been sent to prison for judicial detention.
“What material on Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman was submitted after April 7?” asked the court.
Soil Development Director Bashir Ahmad and Lahore Development Director General Humayun Authority Faiz Rasool were noted by NAB officials, responding to MSR’s lawyer.
The NAB special prosecutor said that the anti-corruption agency had also noted the statements of two LDA officers who worked in 1986.
Judge Shahbaz asked why only one copy of the NAB response had been submitted to the court, which was answered by the prosecutor that he had submitted four copies at the registration office.
MSR lawyer Amjad Pervez told the court that no evidence had been submitted against his client. He said that all documents had been given to NAB, which stated that nothing else could be obtained from his client.
He urged the court to release MSR on bail.
The court after hearing the arguments from both parties postponed the hearing on bail applications until July 7.
Arrest under false accusation
MSR was arrested by NAB on March 12 with false accusations related to property purchased more than three decades ago. A petition was filed soon afterwards against the arrest.
The accountability court then extended his physical detention, after which a separate petition was filed against the extension. The petition argues that no reason was given by the court for an extension in the dispatch.
The original petition, which was submitted by MSR’s wife, Shahina Shakil, had stated that MSR had cooperated with officials and that the arrest was a flagrant violation of the standard operating procedures (SOP) of the accountability oversight.
The petition has requested that the court declare the arrest and abuse of the authority of the NAB chairman, because the arrest was carried out while the case was still being verified.
The petition further argued that NAV had violated the 2019 entrepreneurial policy introduced by the Government of Pakistan by arresting MSR. It was further said that the extension of MSR’s detention by the accountability court hearing the case must be declared null and void, together with the decision to arrest him.
According to a spokesman for the Jang Group, the property was actually purchased from a private party 34 years ago and all this evidence was provided to NAB and legal requirements were met, such as duties and taxes.
The arrest of MSR has been slammed both locally and internationally as an effort by the regime with heavy hands to suppress dissent and free speech.