Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman’s arrest: LHC asks NAB to submit clause by clause response
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court requested the National Accountability Bureau on Thursday to submit a clause-wise response within the petition in opposition to the arrest of Jang Geo Media Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman in relation to a pretend non-public property case.
A two-member bench below Justice Naeem Ahmed resumed the listening to within the case as we speak, the place Barrister Aitezaz Ahsan appeared to current the arguments. MSR’s spouse, Shahina Shakil, had moved the LHC on March 16, difficult the detention.
The court docket requested the NAB to current causes behind the arrest, clause by clause, in reference to the plea.
During the proceedings, the decide enquired in regards to the extension of MSR’s remand by an accountability court docket on Wednesday.
“If the accountability court in the case has extended the remand then what is left?” the court docket mentioned to the NAB prosecutor.
To which, the prosecutor responded that the plea in opposition to the extension in remand can also be queued as much as be heard.
The LHC then mentioned that it is usually going to listen to the plea in opposition to the extension as we speak, after which it briefly adjourned the listening to for some time.
After resuming the listening to, the LHC directed that the remand order by the accountability court docket ought to be clubbed with the petition in opposition to the arrest.
The High Court, subsequently, adjourned the case till subsequent Monday.
The NAB chairman, a director-general and judges of the accountability court docket, together with others, have been named within the petition.
The petition relies on the assertion that NAB violated the PTI authorities’s personal 2019 businessmen coverage by arresting MSR.
“In the [accountability court] order that handed MSR over to authorities on physical remand, the judge did not explain the grounds [of doing so],” the petition additional notes.
Previous listening to
In earlier arguments earlier than the court docket, the counsel for NAB had knowledgeable the bench that the case was nonetheless on the inquiry stage.
The court docket had said that if this was so, the bureau ought to have merely requested MSR questions and recorded his assertion as an alternative of arresting him.
The court docket had remarked that the judiciary and the press are two basic pillars of the state and NAB is not going to be allowed to shake them up.
Following the arguments, the excessive court docket had allowed MSR to satisfy his household and legal professionals, whereas additionally granting him entry to medicines and newspapers.
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NAB had on March 12 arrested MSR in reference to property allegedly purchased illegally from a authorities entity greater than 34 years in the past.
According to a Jang Group spokesperson, the property was actually purchased from a personal celebration 34 years in the past and all proof of this was given to NAB and authorized necessities fulfilled, equivalent to responsibility and taxes.
According to the spokesperson, the looks earlier than NAB was in relation to a call-up discover for the verification of the criticism, but an arrest was made. Islamabad High Court’s latest judgment in opposition to NAB’s violation of the nation’s regulation and a violation of NAB’s personal rules has been dedicated.
“In the past 18 months, NAB has sent our reporters, producers, and editors — directly and indirectly — over a dozen notices, threatening a shutdown of our channels (via PEMRA) due to our reporting and our programmes on NAB,” mentioned the spokesperson.
“In its defense, NAB has in writing said it is a constitutionally protected institution that cannot be criticised. NAB has also, through several means, tried to persuade the group to step back, to stop stories, among other measures in its favor at the expense of the full truth.”
“The Group will not stop any reporters, producers or anchors from any story that is on merit and at the same time will include NAB’s version. In this case, NAB denies all allegations above and claims they are independently pursuing all cases and have not been asked to do by the democratically elected government,” the spokesperson added.