ISLAMABAD: An accountability court in Islamabad approved two-day exemption plea of National Bank president Saeed Ahmad who is a co-accused in supplementary references of assets beyond means against Ishaq Dar.
Judge Muhammad Bashir conducted hearing of the case. Two co-accused Mansoor Raza and Naeem Mehmood appeared before the court however; Saeed Ahmad remained absent. The three were to be indicted today.
His lawyer Hashmat Habib requested the court to grant his client exemption from personal appearance.
NAB prosecutor opposed the appeal saying that the hearing date has been fixed six time to indict the accused therefore the two suspects present in the court should at least be indicted.
Habib adopted stance that no matter how many the dates are, the verdict of high court should be awaited. “ My nephew’s marriage is on next Monday and I cannot appear in court before that,” he added.
“SC has issued orders to wrap up the case in three months,” remarked the judge.
“The speed with which the NAB prosecutor is going, he will finish the case in one week. The court should show some mercy. My client is taken into unconsciousness therefore; set the date for next hearing on Saturday,” said the lawyer.
The judge maintained that Saeed Ahmad is a healthy person and must appear before the court on Friday.
The court while adjourning the hearing till March 30 directed the accused to submit surety bonds worth Rs10 lac on Friday.
Ishaq Dar, 67, was indicted in October in a graft case in which he is accused of making assets that were “disproportionate to his known sources of income”.
The case was filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the light of the Supreme Court order of July 28 that disqualified Nawaz Sharif as prime minister in the Panama Papers scandal.
In its case against Dar, the NAB has alleged that the accused has acquired assets and pecuniary interests/resources in his own name and/or in the name of his dependants of an approximate amount of Rs 831.678 million.
Dar is in London since October and has been seeking treatment of an undefined heart complication at a Harley Street hospital.