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  • Hamza Shahbaz was arrested in June 2019 in relation to 2 instances
  • PML-N chief was denied bail in a single case by LHC
  • NAB has filed a corruption reference towards the opposition chief

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Courtroom on Friday disposed of a post-arrest bail petition filed by PML-N vice-president and Punjab Meeting Opposition Chief Hamza Shahbaz after his counsel withdrew the plea.

A 3-member bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam and comprising Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and Justice Yahyah Afridi had resumed listening to the plea, which sought bail ifor Hamza in a cash laundering and belongings past means corruption reference filed by the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The PML-N chief had approached the apex courtroom in April 2020, two months after the Lahore Excessive Courtroom (LHC) denied him bail within the cash laundering case however granted it within the Ramzan Sugar Mills case.

Hamza then sought bail on the grounds of being weak to coronavirus in jail however the LHC didn’t agree with the grounds. Following this, the counsel withdrew the applying and moved the apex courtroom.

It could be added right here that Hamza was arrested in June 2019 from contained in the LHC in relation to 2 instances pertaining to cash laundering and accumulating belongings past technique of revenue. 

Additionally learn: PML-N’s Hamza Shahbaz complains about struggling coronavirus in jail

Right now’s listening to

Throughout at present’s listening to, Justice Masood requested Hamza’s counsel if he wished to pursue the case on the premise of benefit or hardship. Advocate Amjad Pervaiz stated bail is being sought on hardship as his consumer is in jail. 

Justice Masood questioned how the highest courtroom might hear the plea on hardship if there was no point out of it through the excessive courtroom proceedings. To this, Pervaiz stated the scenario was totally different on the time. “There were no grounds for hardship at the time.”

In his arguments, the counsel stated nobody could be indefinitely detained. “No reference had been filed against Hamza when he applied for post-arrest bail. The charges against my client were for Rs7 billion but the reference has been filed for Rs530 million.”

Justice Afridi noticed that it will be applicable for the petitioner to strategy the excessive courtroom on the premise of the accountability courtroom repot. 

The apex courtroom deposed of the petition after Hamza’s counsel withdrew the applying. 

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