NAB restrained from arresting former secretary

Ghulam Mustafa Phull, current the secretary of the cooperative dept, had sought pre-arrest bail from the court


Our Correspondent July 11, 2016
On Monday, the bench restrained NAB from arresting the former revenue secretary. Meanwhile, the officer was also directed to cooperate with the investigators during their inquiry. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court restrained on Monday the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from arresting the former secretary of the provincial board of revenue in a case relating to alleged illegal land allotments.

The division bench, headed by Justice Muhammad Farooq Shah, also directed the former revenue secretary to cooperate with the NAB in the case.

Ghulam Mustafa Phull, who is currently serving as the secretary of the cooperative department, had sought pre-arrest bail from the court as he feared arrest from NAB.

Phull’s lawyer, Malik Naeem, said NAB had initiated an inquiry into illegal allotment of land. According to the bureau, the petitioner, while serving as the revenue secretary, was involved in illegal land allotments.

The lawyer contended that NAB officials are harassing his client, who had nothing to do with the land allotments as alleged by the bureau.

The petitioner apprehended that NAB may arrest him in connection with the case. Therefore, he pleaded the court grant pre-arrest bail and also restrain NAB from harassing him. On Monday, the bench restrained NAB from arresting the former revenue secretary. Meanwhile, the officer was also directed to cooperate with the investigators during their inquiry. The hearing was then adjourned till August 15.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2016.

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