Dar’s surety to be forfeited if he skips court

ISLAMABAD -  The Accountability Court Islamabad in a written order in the assets beyond means case against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has ordered that his Rs5 million surety bond would be forfeited if he fails to turn up before the court at the next date of hearing.

The court, meanwhile, maintained his bailable warrants with the direction to furnish additional surety bond of Rs2 million for securing the bail.

The court further directed the prosecution to ask the investigation officer to get Dar’s medical report verified.

“The investigation officer had informed the court that since the accused was abroad the court arrest warrants could not be served on him.

The court in its written order further directed the person who had furnished surety of Rs 5 million (on behalf of Dar) to ensure the presence of accused at the next date of hearing, otherwise, the surety would be forfeited.

A fresh bail bond of Rs2 million had also been sought from the accused at the next hearing.

It was further stated in the order that the witnesses in the case used to come to the court at every hearing in the case but as the accused failed to appear before the court so these witnesses could not be deposed before the court.

The court would now take up the case on November 14. At the previous hearing, the court had given last chance to the accused to appear, otherwise, besides forfeiture of his surety, his non-bailable arrest warrants would also be issued.

The court had also turned down the plea of the accused seeking exemption from personal appearance during the trial and also sought to get the trial completed through his representative.





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