ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday confirmed the pre-arrest bail federal minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin and Ali Musa Gilani, son of former premier Yousaf Raza Gilani, in the Ephedrine quota scam, Express News reported.
Justice Nasirul Mulk was heading a three-member bench heard the pre-arrest bail petitions filed by Shahabuddin and Musa Gilani.
The Supreme Court rejected the request of Anti-Narcotics Forces (ANF) prosecutor to investigate both Shahabuddin and Musa Gilani.
The court observed that both accused had not been investigated when they were in ANF custody.
Presenting Shahabuddin’s case before the court, his counsel Sardar Ishaq argued that the statements of the approvers in the case – namely Dr Rasheed Jumma and Rizwan Ahmed Khan – should be disregarded since they were not recorded according to the procedure laid down in section 337 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). He further contended that the affidavits submitted before court were concocted by ANF officials.
‘My arrest warrant was issued the day I submitted my nomination papers’
Shahabuddin said that the reason he was implicated in the case was only to prevent him from becoming the prime minister of Pakistan. “My arrest warrant was issued the day I had submitted my nominations papers for the post of prime minister.”
He said that he was not named in the FIR of the case or all the challans issued in the case because he never mishandled the Ephedrine quota when he was the health minister.
‘I only trust Supreme Court’
Speaking to the media outside the Supreme Court, Musa Gilani said that he only trusted Supreme Court, because he knew that justice will be served to him.
He said that it was an easy task to level allegations against someone and that it was equally hard to prove it right.
“I approached the court because I knew that being the highest forum of justice, it will listen to my reasoning calmly – something which I could not do in front of the media.”
Musa Gilani said that he was hopeful that when the case is moved to the trial court he will succeed there, and also that the allegations against him were solely based on malafide intentions.