The Lahore High Court has granted interim bail to PML-N President and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif and restrained the NAB from arresting him till June 17.
Shahbaz Sharif’s lawyer was directed to submit a bond of Rs 500,000 for bail.
A two-member bench comprising Justice Farooq Haider and Justice Tariq Abbasi heard Shahbaz Sharif’s bail application in the Lahore High Court on Wednesday.
Azam Nazir Tarar and Amjad Pervez appeared as counsel on behalf of the petitioner, and Syed Faisal Raza Bukhari appeared in the court on behalf of the Accountability Bureau.
Earlier, when Shahbaz Sharif reached outside the court, a large number of PML-N workers were present there.
At the start of the hearing, Shahbaz Sharif’s lawyer Azam Nazir Tarar said that the delay was due to the condition of the roads outside. On which Justice Tariq Abbasi said that courts are respected, slogans are being chanted there, it is not a good thing, to which Azam Nazir Tarar said that Shahbaz Sharif had stopped them from chanting slogans.
Justice Tariq Abbasi said, “We did not like it. We expect that nothing like this will happen after the hearing.”
Justice Tariq Abbasi asked where the accused was, to which Azam Nazir said that Shahbaz Sharif was present in the courtroom and also said that he was a cancer patient.
To which Justice Tariq Abbasi asked if he feared arrest. On this, his lawyer said that the record requested by NAB had been given, but he is still eager for arrest.
On this, Justice Tariq Abbasi asked the NAB prosecutor whether he would remain a silent spectator, or would he also give arguments in this case. Prosecutor Faisal Bukhari replied that as the court would order, we would give arguments.
Justice Tariq asked him if he was opposed to the application for interim bail. “Have you issued an arrest warrant?” To which the NAB prosecutor replied in the affirmative.
Then Justice Tariq Abbasi asked, did you summon Shahbaz Sharif on June 2? To which the NAB prosecutor said that the NAB had summoned him.
Justice Tariq Abbasi said that when the arrest warrant was issued, why was it summoned, does it mean that NAB does not want to arrest the accused?
He also asked why he was not arrested when the warrants were issued on May 28.
The court also asked at what stage the case against Shahbaz Sharif is, the lawyer replied that it is at the stage of the investigation.
The interim bail application was later granted, and the NAB was directed not to arrest Shahbaz Sharif till June 17.