Shehbaz Sharif’s release stopped once again

April 16, 2021: Opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif’s release was halted in the National Assembly. Judges disagree on bail in money laundering case.

A bench of the Lahore High Court comprising Justice Sarfraz Dogar and Justice Asjad Javed Gharal held a lengthy hearing on the bail plea in the money laundering case against Shahbaz Sharif. On April 13, Shahbaz Sharif’s lawyers and the next day the NAB prosecutor had completed their arguments. After the completion of arguments from both the parties, the court had reserved the verdict. The PML-N leader and lawyers were present in the court when About 20 minutes later, the court associate came to the court room and said in a loud voice that Shahbaz Sharif’s bail application was granted. Bail bonds of Rs. 50, 50 lakhs should be submitted.

As soon as they heard this, PML-N leaders Rana Sanaullah, Maryam Aurangzeb and others present in the court room started congratulating each other and also expressed happiness while talking to the media. He wrote a brief decision on bail and sent it to Justice Asjad Javed Gharal, who did not sign it.

After that, Justice Asjad Javed Gharal came to the High Court on Thursday and heard the cases as a single bench but did not go to the division bench. Case list canceled Justice Asjad Javed Gharal disagrees with decision, informs Chief Justice Qasim Khan after which the head of the bench Justice Sarfraz Dogar and Justice Asjad Javed Gharal will write their separate verdicts and send them to the Chief Justice of Lahore High Court who will then send the Shahbaz Sharif bail case to the referee judge.

Now the referee will decide the bail case of Judge Shahbaz Sharif. On the other hand, Chief Justice Qasim Khan dissolved the bench hearing NAB cases and constituted a new bench. Justice Alia Neelam and Justice Farooq Haider will hear the NAB cases next week. Justice Sarfraz Dogar was sent to Multan and Justice Asjad Javed Gharal to Bahalpur.

Shahbaz Sharif had filed a bail application in the Lahore High Court. The petition states that the reference of money laundering has been filed and the trial is going on. No transaction is in the name of Shahbaz Sharif. Shahbaz Sharif said that he has been in jail for several months, all the records are with NAB, NAB should not recover, the court should order his release on bail. Shahbaz Sharif had directed the legal team to prepare a draft of bail. Azam Nazir Tarar, Ahsan Bhoon, Amjad Pervez and Mohammad Nawaz prepared the draft of bail. Medical grounds were also included in the bail application.

It should be noted that Shahbaz Sharif was arrested by the NAB after his bail application was rejected. The court had sent him on judicial remand. Shahbaz Sharif is presented in the court in an armored vehicle which was protested by the PML-N.

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