The Islamabad High Court approved former Sindh chief minister Qaim Ali Shah’s pre-arrest bail application in the fake accounts case on Tuesday.
The court directed him to cooperate with NAB’s investigation by appearing before the interrogators of the anti-graft body. A two-member IHC bench, comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Moshin Akhtar Kayani, heard his bail plea.
Appearing before the bench, his counsel said Shah is a former Sindh CM and he was not named by the NAB JIT. “What has the court to do if he is a former CM?” remarked Justice Aamer. “Is being a chief minister enough merit to get bail?”
The counsel said there are two cases regarding the Thatta and Dadu sugar mills. Separate bail applications should have been filed in the two cases, the bench told Shah’s counsel. We are allowing bail on an application, the bench said.
The court granted him interim bail till April 8 and directed him to submit surety bonds worth a million rupees. The high court issued notices to all the litigants and directed Shah to be part of the NAB investigations.
NAB Rawalpindi has ordered Shah to appear at the old NAB Headquarters tomorrow (March 27). He has been asked to bring the relevant records of the Thatta and Dadu sugar mills. NAB said it found the two sugar mills are connected with the fake accounts case.