A petition praying upon the court to suspend PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi's sentence in the ephedrine case was accepted for hearing by the Rawalpindi Bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC), Express News reported.
PML-N's Hanif Abbasi jailed for life
A two-member bench comprising Justice Ibad-ur-Rehman Lodhi and Justice Shahid Mubeen heard the matter and issued notices to Central Jail Rawalpindi officials and the Anti-Narcotics Force. The bench also summoned a complete record of the case.
The LHC also sought a response from the jail superintendent by October 9.
A bail petition for Abbasi's ephedrine sentence was submitted over humanitarian and medical grounds, stating that the PML-N leader "suffers from a cardiac condition and therefore cannot undergo treatment in jail".
On September 22, the convicted PML-N leader had been moved to Attock Jail following a controversy over a ‘leaked’ photo of him lounging with party supremo Nawaz Sharif in Adiala jail.
Hanif Abbasi shifted to Attock Jail over Adiala 'photo leak'
In the days leading up to the July 25 elections, an anti-narcotics court handed down life imprisonment to former MNA Abbasi in the eight-year-old ephedrine quota case.