LHC grants pre-arrest bail to PML-N's Rana Sanaullah

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The Lahore High Court (LHC) connected Monday granted pre-arrest bail to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Punjab President Rana Sanaullah successful the assets beyond means case.

A part bench, headed by Justice Muhammad Sarfraz Dogar, granted bail aft National Accountability Bureau (NAB) failed to found its lawsuit against the erstwhile provincial instrumentality minister.

Sanaullah had filed a bail plea successful an enquiry initiated by NAB successful the case. He had questioned however a substance of acquiring assets could beryllium investigated by 2 abstracted departments with 2 antithetic allegations.

As the proceedings commenced, peculiar NAB authoritative Syed Faisal Raza Bukhari argued that a cause smuggling lawsuit was registered against Sanaullah successful July 2019, portion the bureau received a ailment astir his assets being beyond known means of income connected June 24, 2019.

He apprised the seat that the petitioner, Chaudhry Tahir Riaz, submitted an exertion successful NAB, praying to behaviour a probe into the PML-N leader's assets.

Bukhari said connected December 20, 2019, NAB gave the support for the inquiry, portion the PML-N leader's apprehension warrants were issued connected November 9, 2019, rejecting the content that the bureau and the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) had been simultaneously investigating the matter.

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He informed the tribunal that the ANF’s lawsuit was astir 9(c) of the Control of Narcotic Substances Act, 1997, portion NAB was probing the assets beyond means case.

He said according to the law, the ANF was bound to attack its tribunal wrong 7 days for the intent of getting an support to frost the properties of the accused.

The seat remarked, "So you mean that you are probing the substance successful airy of assets beyond means lawsuit successful which the properties were really frozen by the ANF court."

The NAB authoritative replied, "In the ANF's matter, the taxable substance is 16 kilogrammes of heroin."

The seat said past however the properties could beryllium frozen without the bid of the proceedings court.

Bukhari replied, “Perhaps, I cannot appropriately assistance the tribunal connected this issue. The ANF’s lawsuit is astir 9(c) and the proceedings tribunal froze the properties due to the fact that if the accused was punished nether 9 (c), determination should person already been immoderate properties frozen."

Justice Dogar added, "You should sphere the 16kg heroin alternatively than the properties. Those properties had been frozen without the proceedings tribunal passing immoderate bid successful that regard."

Justice Asjad Javed Ghural asked whether the properties of the accused would beryllium forfeited if helium is awarded a condemnation successful 9 (c) of the CNSA, 1997.

NAB authoritative replied if Sanaullah is awarded a condemnation up to 3 years, his properties volition beryllium forfeited.

The seat observed, "Let’s presume that if Sanaullah is awarded punishment and his properties are forfeited, the aforesaid properties are required to beryllium investigated by NAB successful the assets beyond means case."

The seat asked, "Then, wherever does NAB [investigation] stand. Can the NAB analyse the aforesaid properties that the ANF has already frozen?"

The authoritative could not fulfill the tribunal with his replies.

He apprised the tribunal that Sanaullah deceived the instrumentality by mentioning little worth of his properties successful the information papers submitted earlier the Election Commission of Pakistan.

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