KARACHI - A Sindh High Court (SHC) bench hearing Agha Siraj Durrani’s bail plea and other cases stood dissolved on Monday after Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar’s elevation to the Supreme Court.
The bench was comprised of Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Iqbal Kalhoro. Justice Mazhar on Monday sworn in as judge of the Supreme Court.
The cases under hearing of the bench have adjourned for an unspecified period, as the matter will be sent back to the Chief Justice of Sindh High Court for constitution of a new bench to hear Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani’s bail petition and other cases.
The hearing of a petition of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan with regard to fake domiciles, was also adjourned for indefinite period, which was also being heard by a division bench headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar.
In the previous hearing, the high court bench had extended interim bail of Agha Siraj Durrani till October 6 and asked the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to submit a progress report in the next hearing of the case. Speaker Sindh Assembly is accused of illegal appointments in the Benazir Bhutto Saheed University Lyari. According to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the appointments were made against the law on the recommendations of Durrani.
NICVD Corruption Case: SHC Irked over absence of IO
The Sindh High Court (SHC) showed its resentment over the absence of the Investigation Officer (IO) during a hearing of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) corruption case on Monday.
The Sindh High Court (SHC) conducted a hearing of a petition regarding a corruption probe against the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) administration. Justice K K Agha showed his resentment over the absence of the IO during hearing. You are responsible to present IO before the court, Justice Agha said to Assistant Attorney General (AAG) Irshad.
The SHC while summoning the deputy director of FIA and IO on the next hearing of the case on September 16, adjourned the further proceedings.
Earlier on July 5, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had extended the scope of their investigation into the NICVD scam and summoned Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) four lawmakers, including Women Development Minister Syeda Shehla Raza.
Earlier in December last year, the administration of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) had moved to the Sindh High Court (SHC) after the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) initiated an investigation into corruption allegations.