KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) disposed of Mir Munawar Ali Talpur's plea against harassment, after the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) authorities assured two inquiries into the assets of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) lawmaker had been closed and no harassment will be caused to him in future.
Talpur, the brother-in-law of former president Asif Ali Zardari, and a PPP MNA from NS-227, had approached the court for pre-arrest bail to avoid his possible arrest by the anti-corruption watchdog, which was allegedly harassing him in relation to an inquiry into corruption and embezzlement of millions of rupees.
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On December 13 last year, the court had permitted the petitioner to travel to the United Kingdom to receive medical treatment subject to furnishing a Rs5 million surety and depositing his relative's original passport with the court.
In his plea, Talpur had argued that the NAB had issued him a call-up notice regarding the alleged illegal allotment of land and the embezzlement of millions of rupees.
According to the petitioner, NAB was trying to implicate Talpur in false cases despite the fact that he was never involved in any corruption or misuse of authority.
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During Tuesday's proceedings, the NAB prosecutor informed the court that two inquiries initiated against the petitioner had been closed. He assured that no harassment will be caused to the petitioner in the future.
In view of the NAB prosecutor's assurance, the bench disposed of the petition along with miscellaneous applications. Headed by Justice Muhammad Farooq Shah, the division bench directed the NAB authorities not to take any action, which is not in accordance with the law, in the future.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 16th, 2017.