Dr Asim Sharjeel Memon

Supreme Court told,there is corruption probe against Sharjeel

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court was informed on Thursday by the National Accountability Bureau authorities that an inquiry against Pakistan Peoples Party leader and former provincial information minister Sharjeel Inam Memon was under way for his involvement in corruption amounting to billions of rupees.Headed by Justice Irfan Saadat Khan, a two-judge bench was hearing his two separate petitions, one seeking removal of his name from the exit control list and the other asking for protective bail.The NAB prosecutor submitted a report in court stating that the inquiry against Mr Memon was under way and sufficient evidence had already been collected against him for his alleged corruption in the information technology department.The bench also directed the counsel for the former information minster to submit a travel schedule and documents of Mr Memon so that an appropriate order was passed.Mr Memon, stated to be living in Dubai, moved the SHC through his counsel seeking pre-arrest bail in a corruption inquiry purportedly initiated against him.

The counsel stated that his client apprehended arrest by NAB authorities on the basis of graft inquiries and bar imposed on his travelling abroad if and when he returned to the country.The PPP MPA from Tharparkar, who had filed two separate petitions late last year through his counsel, stated in the petitions that since law enforcement and anti-corruption agencies had begun a crackdown on politicians, he had come to know through the media that NAB had initiated an inquiry against him with regard to alleged corruption during his recent tenure as information minister.According to his counsel, neither the former provincial information minister was involved in corrupt practices, nor had he ever misused power when in government.However, the counsel alleged, attempts were being made to implicate Mr Memon in false cases.The counsel asked the court to restrain the NAB authorities from arresting him in connection with any inquiry or from taking any coercive action against him.


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