KARACHI, June 25v (INP): The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday granted bail to Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader and former provincial information minister Sharjeel Memon in a corruption case of Rs5.75 billion pertaining to the award of advertisements at ‘exorbitant rates’ through the abuse of power.
The court has directed him to submit surety bond of Rs5 million. The court had reserved its verdict in the previous hearing in a bail plea filed by Memon.
During the hearing, the facts of the case were recapped. After this, the court asked if it had been proven that Memon had received kickbacks from the deal with the advertising company.
“It has not been proven that Memon has received kickbacks from the deal,” the investigation officer conceded but added that the former minister had used his position of power in an unjust manner. After hearing arguments from both sides, the court accepted Memon’s plea and asked the PPP leader to submit a bond worth Rs5 million to procure bail. PPP leader among 17 accused persons have been facing trial in an accountability court. 13 accused persons including former secretary information Dr Zulfiqar Ali Shalwani have been arrested for further investigation into the case. A National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team had taken the PPP leader and 11 others into custody on Oct 23, 2017 after the Sindh High Court had rejected his bail plea. Following the rejection of his bail plea at the time, Memon had holed up for hours in the courtroom to avoid arrest as his team explored their options, but could not stave off the inevitable for long. He was then indicted in February, 2018. INP/LK