KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) interim granted on Monday bail to a suspect in the case relating to land belonging to the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT).
Headed by Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M Sheikh, a two-judge bench directed the petitioner, Deedar Ali Jatoi, to furnish Rs3 million surety and cooperate with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigators in the inquiry into the land scam.
Jatoi had approached the high court seeking bail in connection with an inquiry initiated by the federal anti-graft watchdog into alleged encroachment on the land allocated by the government to SIUT in Sukkur.
The court was informed that the petitioner had donated his six-acre land to Professor Adeebul Hasan Rizvi to set up a hospital for kidney treatment and transplant in Sukkur. However, NAB officials issued him a call-up to appear in connection with an inquiry, alleged Advocate Shaikh Jawaid Mir.
The lawyer claimed his client wanted to appear before the NAB officials but apprehended that he might be arrested. Therefore, he pleaded to the court to grant pre-arrest bail to the petitioner to enable him to join the inquiry.
Granting bail in sum of Rs3 million, the bench told the petitioner to cooperate with NAB officials in the inquiry. Meanwhile, a notice was also issued to the NAB prosecutor to file a reply to the petitioner’s allegations by November 23.
Illegal land allotment case
Meanwhile, SHC directed on Tuesday the NAB prosecutor to submit a progress report regarding probe into the alleged illegal allotment and sale of lands in the Gulzar-e-Hijri neighborhood of Karachi.
While hearing a bail petition filed by Ghulam Hyder, the bench expressed its annoyance over the failure of NAB investigators in filing a report regarding an inquiry against the petitioner.
Hyder had moved the court to seek bail in connection with the inquiry into the alleged illegal allotment and sale of the land.
On Tuesday, the bench inquired from the NAB prosecutor about progress in the inquiry.
The prosecutor said the private builder and officials were also involved in the illegal allotment of the land and its sale through ‘china-cutting’ in Scheme 33.
He added that the inquiry into the scam was still under way, therefore, a progress report could not be filed.
Headed by SHC Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M Sheikh, the two-judge bench expressed its displeasure over delays in finalising the inquiry and told the prosecutor to submit a progress report by December 12.