LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file its reply to the petition filed by PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz seeking cancellation of bail granted in the bureau. Given time. Case related to Chaudhry Sugar Mills.
As the two-judge bench resumed hearing the NAB’s plea, Special Prosecutor Faisal Raza Bukhari sought time to re-admit the candidate to the Bureau following the respondent’s reply. A bench headed by Justice Sardar Muhammad Sarfraz Dogar allowed the petition and adjourned further hearing till April 28.
The NAB had argued that Maryam was abusing bail by constantly attacking state institutions through political speeches and social media. She said she had been involved in anti-state propaganda supporting the nefarious plans of Pakistan’s enemies.
Maryam, however, denied the allegations in her reply, saying the bureau’s request was sufficient to prove that the NAB chairman exercised his authority. He said that he truly believed in the rule of law, board accountability and independence of institutions including NAB.
He also denied allegations of abuse of bail in any way. A two-judge bench released Maryam on bail on November 4, 2019 to hand over her passport to the court registrar, as the anti-graft watchdog suspects she may have fled the country.