SHC extends bail of ex-CS Sindh

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Wednesday extended the pre-arrest bail granted to the provincial government`s former chief secretary in an inquiry initiated against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for allegedly allotting government land when he was secretary of the land utilisation department.

A two-judge bench, headed by chief justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh, extended his pre-arrest bail till August 30 as the former top bureaucrat of the province, Siddique Memon had challenged the powers of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) through his counsel.

The Deputy Attorney General Sindh said request of ex-CS Siddique Memon about powers of NAB is not maintainable.

The Court sought arguments from defence counsel about powers of NAB in next hearing and extended the pre-arrest of Siddique Memon and other accused till August 30.

Memon was currently on interim bail to avoid his possible arrest as the NAB was investigating into charges of corruption against him and others of allegedly illegally allotting six acres land in Karachi in 1992 when he was the land utilization secretary.

He had obtained bail in August 2015 after NAB served him a call notice for investigation against. The bureau had maintained that that there was sufficient incriminating material against the chief secretary and there appeared a reasonable ground to believe that he was guilty of the offences punishable under National Accountability Ordinance (NAO), 1999.

On the other hand, the ex-top bureaucrat of the province denied the charges and submitted through his lawyers that the land was allotted in 1992 and regularized in 2008 under the relevant laws. He submitted that the land was neither allotted by the chief secretary nor was regularized by him.

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