Fines Have to be Paid Despite Serving Jail Term: Supreme Court

Islamabad (3rd July, 2019): Fines imposed on individuals for corruption charges will have to be paid despite serving jail time, claim Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC). 

According to Baaghi TV’s reports, a three member bench of the Supreme Court presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa, took up hearing of a case of a former government employee found guilty of corruption. Reports confirm that the former government employee is being investigated for owning assets beyond means.

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Accused, Muhammad Kalim Bhatti’s council informed the court that he has “completed additional jail term for 2 years in return for fine” therefore, he is not obligated to pay fine imposed on him by the court. The council claimed that High Court in its decision had allowed the accused to sere additional jail time in exchange of paying the fine.

According to Baaghi TV’s reports, Chief Justice Khosa, remarked that the High Court has not followed the Verdict of Supreme Court as the apex has clarified its decision.

Moreover, the court has disposed of the case and ordered the accused Muhammad Kalim to pay the proposed fine of Rs. 15 million approximately, claim sources.

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