ISLAMABAD: On Thursday, the Supreme Court accepted for hearing the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) plea challenging a Lahore High Court (LHC) decision to grant bail to Shahbaz Sharif and former principal secretary to the prime minister Fawad Hassan Fawad in the Ashiana Housing Scheme case.
A three-member bench led by Justice Azmat Saeed heard the appeal. Naeem Bukhari, the counsel for NAB, contended on the outset that the LHC’s decision was in contradiction to principles governing the grant of bail as set by the apex court.
“There were no circumstances necessitating the grant of bail to Shahbaz Sharif,” he argued.
During the hearing, Justice Ijazul Ahsan remarked that the LHC had not found sufficient grounds for the allegations against Sharif and believed that all contracts seem to have been granted by him on merit.
In response, Bukhari regretted that the LHC’s decision “had been taken without due consideration of the facts of the case” and had impacted the case adversely.