SC grants bail to Anwar Majeed in fake bank accounts case on medical grounds

Apex court orders to add Majeed’s name on ECL


Our Correspondent September 02, 2020
Omni Group Chairman Khawaja Anwar Majeed. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD:

The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday granted bail to Omni Group Chairman Khawaja Anwar Majeed, the main accused in the fake bank accounts case, on medical grounds.

A two-member bench of the SC, presided by Justice Mushir Alam, heard Majeed’s bail plea. The apex court ordered Majeed to submit surety bonds of Rs1 million and his passport to the SC registrar's office.

The apex court also ordered to add Majeed’s name on the Exit Control List (ECL).

During the hearing, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Prosecutor Imranul Haq prayed upon the court that Majeed had been in the hospital since 'day one' and has not appeared before the anti-graft body till date.

“Due to non-cooperation of Anwar Majeed, 15 investigations and four references are pending,” the NAB prosecutor added.

Justice Alam remarked that Majeed should not obstruct the investigation and should cooperate with NAB during the investigation,

Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin said Majeed has a serious cardiac condition and treatment is his basic right, but he would not be allowed to go abroad.

In May, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) reserved the judgment on the bail application of Omni Group chairman.

Majeed had requested the court to grant him bail on medical grounds.

At the outset of the hearing, the accused counsel informed the court that the health of 77-year-old Majeed, who had been admitted to a hospital in Karachi, was not stable.

The lawyer said doctors had stated that Majeed’s treatment was not possible in Pakistan due to the unavailability of medical facilities and that he should undergo heart surgery either in the United States or the United Kingdom.

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