KARACHI: An accountability court deferred on Friday indictment of former Sindh information minister Sharjeel Memon and others in a corruption reference till August 2.
The National Accountability Bureau had filed a reference against Memon, former information secretary Zulfiqar Ali Shalwani, deputy directors of information department Anita Baloch, Mansoor Ahmed Rajput and Mohammed Yousuf Kaboro and 11 others, including officials of advertising agencies, for allegedly committing corruption between 2013 and 2015, in awarding advertisements for the government's awareness campaigns in electronic media, involving over Rs5 billion.
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During a previous hearing, the copies of documented evidence of prosecution were provided to the suspects, as required under Section 265-C (supply of statements and documents to the accused) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, a mandatory obligation before the indictment. On Friday, the reference was fixed for indictment before Judge Rashida Asad of Accountability Court-I but one of the suspects did not turn up. Therefore, the court deferred the indictment till August 2 and directed all the suspects to ensure their presence at the next hearing.