SC grants Ali Musa bail in Ephedrine case

Published: September 14, 2012

SC grants Ali Musa bail till Septem­ber 25, who was earlier arrested from SC premises. PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Musa Gilani on Friday was arrested, brought to court and given bail by the court; all within a couple of hours in a series of events that usually takes days if not months.

Heading a three-member bench, Justice Nasirul Mulk granted Ali Musa bail till September 25.

Ali Musa was arrested by the ANF on the premises of the Supreme Court before he could submit a plea seeking a pre-arrest bail, however, the court issued orders to the ANF and Ali Musa was brought back to the court within half an hour.

The ANF officials present there had pulled him out of his car and shackled him when he showed resistance.

During the hearing, the Supreme Court inquired from the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) as to what duty they were performing on the premises of the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court had summoned the ANF personnel who had arrested him.

I have faith in the Supreme Court, not ANF: Ali Musa

Speaking on the premises of the Supreme Court after his plea was admitted by the court, Ali Musa said that he had faith in the Supreme Court, but not the ANF.

He said, “I respect the courts and used to think that everyone else does, too. But, today, the camera’s eye witnessed that uniformed men committed contempt of court while being in the vicinity of the Supreme Court.”

Ali Musa said that he had come to the court alone, while he, too, could “bring a lot of people who had voted for him.”

While showing the media a bruise he had received on his leg, Ali Musa said that the ANF officials manhandled him and harassed him,

The former prime minister’s son added that he did not trust ANF, because he had requested several times to them to change his investigative officer. “The investigative officer has submitted an affidavit against me in the case, so how will he prove his own affidavit wrong?”

When asked why he wanted to submit his plea after Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Ali Musa responded that he wanted to come prepared before the court and needed to consult his lawyer regarding his petition.

Ali Musa invoked the appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court against the LHC verdict which denied him a pre-arrest bail in the Ephedrine case on September 3.

Ali Musa, son of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, is accused of pressuring officials of the Health Ministry in 2010 to allocate a quota of controlled chemical ephedrine to two different pharmaceutical companies.

Recently, the Supreme Court granted pre-arrest bail in the same case to Federal Minister for Textile Industry Makhdoom Shahabuddin till September 25.

Filing for a pre-arrest bail under Article 185(3) of the Constitution, Ali Musa’s counsel Khalid Ranjaha submitted that neither his client was named in the FIR nor in any of the challans submitted by the prosecution before the court.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Mohammad
    Sep 14, 2012 - 10:10AM

    No Problem they will get free very soon, no Government official will cooperate in investigation.

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  • Salman Nisar
    Sep 14, 2012 - 10:14AM

    We are waiting for a similar treatment with Arslan Iftikhar too, Judge Uncles ?

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  • Suhaib
    Sep 14, 2012 - 10:15AM

    Aaaala .. Allah Ka Shukar Hai

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  • Haris Chaudhry
    Sep 14, 2012 - 10:30AM

    Irrelevant of the nature of the case, I think it is at-least a good sign that the son of the ex PM (with his party in power) can be arrested on alleged charges of corruption and it must tell all those poor souls without any recourse to justice that the big fish can be apprehended HOWEVER.. I will believe the real change has come when I see a serving General’s son arrested on the charges of corruption. I dont think that will happen in the near future.

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  • bilal
    Sep 14, 2012 - 10:42AM

    good

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  • amer nadeem
    Sep 14, 2012 - 11:08AM

    this kind of hasty & ill-planned acts make the politician heroes, though they have plundered the money……..

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  • Asim Ali
    Sep 14, 2012 - 11:12AM

    Set the exampe and punish the culprit. Arrest is simply not enough

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  • isloos
    Sep 14, 2012 - 11:26AM

    Justice Prevailed :) only for rich and influential personal, today i am very much sure that if you have to live in this country, try to do biggest sin, otherwise there is no future for you

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  • ahmad
    Sep 14, 2012 - 11:40AM

    after giving special priviledges to Arslan Iftikhar SC has no moral ground. Moreover case against Musa Gilani is also very weak.

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  • Suhaib
    Sep 14, 2012 - 11:58AM

    Sold Judges

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  • Acorn Guts
    Sep 14, 2012 - 12:00PM

    Might as well hand him the acquittal too. We all know there is no punishment at the end, just a waste of time.

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Sep 14, 2012 - 12:18PM

    Justice is becoming a joke in this country.

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  • Sep 14, 2012 - 12:30PM

    Already Bailed !! O_O
    That was quick …

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  • Parvez
    Sep 14, 2012 - 1:25PM

    More so in Pakistan, if you are rich and powerful but guilty there are good chances of you avoiding punishment. That does not make you innocent in the eyes of the people or God above if you have a religious bent of mind.

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  • elcay
    Sep 14, 2012 - 2:22PM

    Where was he from 3rd September when he LHC refused him further bail? Why was he hiding if he is sucha law abiding MNA?

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  • Afaaq
    Sep 14, 2012 - 4:36PM

    A lot of give and take going on. So sad to see the judiciary in this state. They are as much responsible for today’s Pakistan as anyone else.

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  • WB
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:27PM

    What is this topi drama?? Shame on SC for playing politics, one time he is arrested another time he is freed! Shame on our judicial system!

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  • zulfiqar ali
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:59PM

    Long Live Ali Musa Gillani shame on ANF (smuggler’s force) extorting money from heroin smuggler on roads

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  • M.Ahmer Ali
    Sep 15, 2012 - 10:24AM

    Zawahiri is absolutely and precisely rightful on his stance and statement gave few days ago about Pakistan………

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  • Desert Hawk
    Sep 15, 2012 - 11:58AM

    We deserve this coz our deeds are at the loest ebb of moral ethics, If u have any doubts move out at common places in public transport u’ll understand!!!!!

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