LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hamza Shahbaz refused to come to the court in an armored vehicle on which the accountability court’s judge expressed his indignation.
According to details, the Lahore Accountability Court heard the Ramzan Sugar Mills reference in which the judicial officer told the court that Hamza Shahbaz’s warrant was presented in the court but he refused to come in an armored vehicle. He further said that an armored vehicle is parked in the jail to bring him to the court, however the accused (Hamza Shahbaz) is not ready to travel on that.
The court expressed frustration over the non-appearance of Hamza Shahbaz in person and took notice and sought a written reply from the jail authorities.
The deputy jail superintendent told the court that Hamza Shahbaz was handed over to the judicial authorities by the jail authorities at 8:25 a.m. The accused refused to appear in court after seeing the armored vehicle.
In response to the jail superintendent, the apex judge, Amjad Nazir, remarked that it was now up to the accused to decide whether they should appear in court or not? Hundreds of accused appear in the courts. Do they also demand a car of their choice? Where are the jail authorities? It is not their responsibility. It is the failure of the state that it is helpless in front of the accused.
The court reserved judgment on the written reply of the jail authorities and adjourned further hearing of the case till November 10, while the court has ordered to give the next date on the warrant of Hamza Shahbaz.
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