According to Baaghi TV, Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, editor-in-chief of Jang and Geo Group, was granted bail by the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court grants bail to Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman Bail in lieu of bail bonds of Rs. 10 crore. A three-member bench of the Supreme Court granted bail to Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman in exchange for bail bonds of Rs. 10 crore.
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Mushir Alam, conducted the hearing. The bench comprised Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Qazi Amin. Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman’s lawyer Amjad Pervez Advocate gave arguments and said that not a single penny was lost to the national exchequer from Mir Shakeel’s quail land. Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman was arrested on March 12th. Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman was arrested during the inquiry.
In this whole affair, the national exchequer did not suffer a single loss. According to the total area policy, it is 54 kanals and 5 marlas. DG LDA wrote a letter to Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman on 22-5-1986. The power of attorney of this land was found.
Justice Qazi Amin inquired as to when the land was taken by the petitioner, to which Amjad Pervez Advocate said that the then DG LDA had rejected the petition. Applied in 1986 for temporary construction on inherited land. The total area is 54 kanals 5 marlas as per the policy. The applicant has a total area of 180 kanals 18 marlas. The land was acquired to build Muhammad Ali Johar Town.
On March 12, arrest warrants were also issued. The present reference was filed against 4 people, in this case no one was arrested except the petitioner. This 180 kanal 18 marla was acquired by LDA in 1982. After the death of Malik Mohammad Ali, the inheritance was divided in 1985, when the then DG LDA rejected the request. Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman has got 54 plots of one canal each.
Justice Qazi Amin asked, “Has the NAB raised any question of loss to the national exchequer?” Advocate Amjad Pervez said that NAB did not raise the question of loss of one rupee, the case was filed by a citizen instead of a government agency. Justice Yahya Afridi inquired whether Mir Shakeel currently has more than 54 kanals of land in his possession. Advocate Amjad Pervaiz said that it is alleged that 4 kanals and 12 marlas of land were in possession of more than this land, which was given as a route. At that time an amount of Rs. 60,000 per canal was kept. It is not the case of NAB that the amount of land was not paid.
Justice Yahya Afridi asked, “Is this money still owed today?” Additional Prosecutor General NAB said, “Yes, this is also our case.” Amjad Pervez Advocate said that the money was paid to LDA in 1987 as per the policy. The case of NAB is to pay the amount at market rate, not under the policy. The court said, “You have to see if your case is valid under the policy?” Wasn’t there anything against the policy in this whole process? According to NAB, the judge has a number of pending cases, including the case of Mir Shakeel. The NAB also stated the number of witnesses in the pending cases in this accountability court.
Advocate Amjad Pervez said that Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman got the power of attorney in 1987. In that case, an additional land of 4 kanals 12 marlas was acquired. Justice Yahya Afridi said, “You are accused of acquiring land for roads.” Advocate Amjad Pervez said that the additional land acquired was to be used for roads. The Lahore Master Plan was approved on August 27, 1990. Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman bought the land in 1987 and paid the price of the additional land. The construction on the land was done after the approval of the LDA. To date, no objection has been raised on these constructions. The value of the additional land was paid at the rate of 1987.
Senior journalist Matiullah Jan, after the bail of Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman was granted, said that after a long debate on the bail pleas in the Supreme Court, Advocate Amjad Pervez opened the fort of charges against Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, withdrew from the opposition. NAB lawyers could not answer the questions of the esteemed judges, so the esteemed judges also did not comment on the merits of the bail application.
سپریم کورٹ میں ضمانت درخواستوں پر ایڈوکیٹ امجد پرویز نے طویل بحث کے بعد جب میر شکیل الرحمان کے خلاف الزامات کی قلعی کھول دی تو نیب کے وکیل ضمانت کی مخالفت سے دستبردار ہو گئے۔ نیب کے وکیل معزز ججوں کے سوالات کا جواب نہ دے سکے تو معزز ججوں نے بھی ضمانت درخواست کے میرٹ پر رائے نہ دی
— Matiullah Jan (@Matiullahjan919) November 9, 2020
The Lahore High Court had rejected the bail plea of Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, the head of Jang-e-Geo Group, on which he had approached the Supreme Court. Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, the owner of Geo Jang, was arrested by the NAB. The NAB called Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman’s office, where he could not answer questions about the valuable 54 kanals of land in Lahore. On which, NAB had arrested Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman.
Earlier, Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman first appeared in the case on March 5th. Mir Shakeel had in the first hearing requested to take three employees and two children with him to the NAB office. However, the request to bring the employees with him was rejected and the children were allowed to enter the NAB office.
At the reception, the identity card was taken from Mir Shakeel and the entry register was signed after which, he was taken to Room No.2. Earlier Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif have also been interrogated.
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