SC admits Shahabuddin's plea seeking pre-arrest bail

SC admits plea after LHC's Rawalpindi Bench dismissed it.


Web Desk September 12, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Admitting Federal Minister for Textile Industries Makhdoom Shahabuddin’s plea seeking a pre-arrest bail in the Ephedrine quota scam, the Supreme Court adjourned the hearing till September 25, Express News reported Wednesday.

The court issued notices to the Anti-Narcotics Force in this regard.

The federal minister on Monday moved the Supreme Court for relief against the Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi Bench order, which dismissed his pre-arrest bail petition.

Heading a three-member bench, Justice Nasirul Mulk heard the petition.

Shahabuddin’s lawyer Wakeel Sardar Ishaq told the court that the Ephedrine quota was not allotted by Shahabuddin, but former director-general health Rasheed Jumma, while a case against Shahabuddin was filed after eight months.

The court ordered Shahabuddin to submit two surety bonds of Rs500,000 each.

On September 3, the Rawalpindi bench of the LHC dismissed the pre-arrest bail petition, declaring that the petitioner was not entitled to such compensation and therefore the court would not be inclined to grant him relief.

Asserting his innocence in the scandal, Shahabuddin argued that neither his name was mentioned in the FIR nor in first challans.

Shahabuddin is accused of pressuring officials of the health ministry in 2010 to allocate huge quotas of controlled chemical ephedrine to two different pharmaceutical companies.

COMMENTS (2)

Din Muhammad | 9 years ago | Reply

@ulta pulta: I totally agree with you. Mr Makhdoom initiated an inquiry into this case and had he been involved he would have avoided the inquiry. His name was not in the FIR, nor was it in any of the first three challans. His arrest warrent did not mention any charge that why should he be arrested. And the warrent was issued on the same day when he filed his nomination for the office of prime minister. Mr Makhdoom is a man of integrity plz do not confuse him with other prime accused in this case.

ulta pulta | 9 years ago | Reply

A good lega judgement, it appears. ANF had been persecuting him for a while.

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