Chaudhry Sugar Mills case: LHC adjourns Maryam Nawaz’s bail hearing till tomorrow

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday gave Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz’s counsel till tomorrow to prepare his arguments after the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) submitted its response to her petitions seeking post-arrest bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.

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The PML-N leader had approached the high court on September 30 seeking post-arrest bail in the case, which is being investigated by NAB. Following the sudden worsening in the health of her father, Nawaz Sharif, she then filed a miscellaneous petition on Oct 24 seeking immediate bail on the basis of fundamental rights and humanitarian reasons.

The anti-graft watchdog had on Friday sought time to submit its reply to the petitions. Adjourning proceedings, the court had granted the plea and directed NAB to submit the response by Monday (today).

The LHC heard both the main petition and the miscellaneous petition together today.

During the hearing by a two-member bench comprising Justice Ali Baqar Najafi and Justice Sardar Ahmad Naeem, the court asked whether the PML-N vice president was meeting her father former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

NAB had shifted the Nawaz to the Services Hospital late on Monday night after his personal physician, Dr Adnan Khan, had raised an alarm about his critical condition in the anti-graft watchdog’s custody.

Her lawyer, Azam Nazir Tarar, confirmed today that she had been granted permission to meet Nawaz.

The court asked if NAB had submitted their reply to Maryam’s petition, after which the reply was presented in court.

Maryam’s lawyer requested time for preparation after receiving a copy of the accountability watchdog’s response. Proceedings were adjourned till tomorrow.

On August 8, NAB had arrested Maryam along with her cousin Yousaf Abbas in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.

On Aug 23, sources within the anti-graft watchdog had claimed that the bureau will soon write to relevant banks and other institutions, asking them to freeze the movable and immovable assets owned by both the accused.

Later, on Sept 26, they were sent to jail on judicial remand.

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