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NAB challenges Chaudhry Sher Ali's bail in corruption reference in Supreme Court  

ISLAMABAD – National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has challenged Lahore High Court’s (LHC) verdict pertaining to Chaudhry Sher Ali’s bail in the Supreme Court (SC).

The accountability bureau alleged Ali, before the Supreme Court of graft and corruption as the mayor and member of National Assembly (MNA).

The bureau official stated that Ali illegally allotted and sold pieces of land owned by the government. The alleged culprit rendered losses worth crores of Rupees to the national treasure, he added.

It should be noted here that the trial court had sentenced Ali to ten years imprisonment and Rs 20 million fine. However, according to the accountability bureau, the high court neglected the facts and granted bail.

The official stated that the high court passed the verdict hastily. The Supreme Court was requested to uphold trail court’s verdict and annul that of the high court.

Chaudhry Sher Ali is State Minister of Water and Power Abid Sher Ali s father. Earlier in 2014, the Supreme Court had freed Abid Sher Ali’s brother, Amir Sher Ali in corruption reference launched by the bureau.

A three-member bench that was headed by Justice Ijaz Chaudhry gave the decision.

Amir Sher Ali was arrested by accountability bureau during former president Pervez Musharaff’s government tenure.

A case of possession of illegal assets and corruption was registered against him. 

The bureau recently came under fire from Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif for allegedly raiding residences of innocent people. The statement of the Prime Minister created a fuss among the politicians. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah made several attempts to clarify Prime Minister s statement.

In one of his press conference on the matter, Sanaullah said that it was Prime Minister s prerogative to instruct NAB if he felt the need to. He had further said that PM Nawaz s statement should not be taken as critcism but a recommendation.

Reportedly, the premier had called the bureau to shoulder its responsibilities with honesty after contractor of Lahore s metro project was arrested for interrogation.

The accountability department had also detained entrepreneur Mian Mansha for few hours for interrogation.

The department is pursuing corruption reference against former petroleum minister, Pakistan People s Party s (PPP) Dr Asim Hussain. Sindh government has resented NAB s actions against PPP members all through the way. 

However, such a statement by the Prime Minister led a couple of PPP incumbent ministers to say that the party has finally found a "friend" against bureau s alleged victimization.

 

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