SC declares LHC order to inform Hamza before his arrest null and void

Court says order to inform Hamza 10 days before arrest should not be used as a judicial precedent

Our Correspondent November 24, 2022
Former Punjab CM Hamza Shahbaz was appointed the Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly on October 23, 2022. Photo: FILE


The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday declared the Lahore High Court's (LHC) order, to inform former chief minister Punjab Hamza Shehbaz before his arrest in the clean water, Ramzan Sugar Mills and excess assets case, against the law.

According to Express News, a three-member bench headed by Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan presided over the hearing on National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) request against the order and declared it null and void.

The apex court stated that there is no requirement in the law to inform the accused before the arrest, adding that the order to inform Hamza 10 days before the arrest should not be used as a judicial precedent.

Subsequently, the top court disposed of the case on the grounds that the order of the LHC was ineffective.

Read LHC backs strict observance of money-laundering law

It is pertinent to note that the LHC had ordered to inform the former chief minister before his arrest in the clean water, Ramzan Sugar Mills and excess assets case.

Earlier, a special central court had acquitted Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz in the Rs16 billion money laundering case.

The special court judge had reserved the decision after hearing detailed arguments on the acquittal application of both the accused persons. However, after acquitting the aforesaid, the court summoned the rest of the accused for framing of charges in the case.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)’s arguments revolved around expelling the impression that there is not even a single direct allegation upon the premier and his son Hamza which could establish their guilt in the case.

Also read No money laundering done through PM Shehbaz, Hamza's accounts: FIA

The FIA’s prosecutor through his arguments had given clean chit to the PM and his son arguing that the record shows that neither the amounts had ever been deposited nor withdrawn directly from Shehbaz and Hamza’s bank accounts.

On the judge’s queries regarding evidence of the transaction of the amounts, if made on their directions, the FIA’s stance was that there is no evidence that could establish it.


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