PPP's Sharjeel Memon announces to face corruption cases

He has been accused of involvement in a Rs5 billion corruption scandal of awarding advertisements to the print and electronic media under a public awareness campaign as information minister of Sindh.

He affirmed to face all the baseless cases filed against him.

Sharjeel Memon was released on Sunday from the custody of NAB after interrogation.

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After leaving the courtroom, he criticised Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and accused him of wanting to drag him in fake cases. The NAB prosecutor contended that the former provincial minister was a proclaimed offender and could not claim normal rights. He said that political opponents should also keep their words in check.

Sardar Muzzaffar told the court that Memon on March 6, 2017 had applied for a protective bail before a Lahore High Court (LHC) bench that dismissed his plea. The bench remarked that according to several verdicts, there was no issue in granting bail to someone who surrenders himself before court.

Therefore, he had prayed before the court to direct the respondents to desist from fishing and roving enquiries with the liberty of the petitioner in any manner and grant him anticipatory/protective bail to reach the concerned court of law.

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He argued that the accused did not appear before any inquiry team during the last two years.

The IHC bench said that it would not examine the case under Section 497 of the Code of Criminal Procedure dealing with pre-arrest bail as Mr Memon was seeking protective bail. Investigation by NAB doesn't mean straight away imprisonment as corruption cases are tried in courts of law and there are also numerous instances of the accused going scot-free after entering into plea bargain with the Bureau.

PPP leader Farooq H Naek said today it had been proved that the PPP workers always face courts. The petitioner said he fears arrest and implication in a false case where no inquiry is pending against him and no call up notices had been issued.

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He said that Memon, unlike Sattar, has already received bail, and that they will accept the court's decision on Memon.

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