Former PM Gilani appears before IHC, seeks protective bail

Source: Published in Current Affairs on Tuesday, September 01, 2015

ISLAMABAD: PPP leader and former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday appeared before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to file petitions seeking protective bail in eight cases pending against him.

The former prime minister was accompanied by lawyers and supporters.

Gilani's counsel Malik Javed Iqbal Wayne submitted petitions in the IHC to grant the PPP stalwart ‘protective bail’ in the cases pending against him, a move which will prevent FIA from arresting him till he appears in the anti-corruption court in Karachi.

The court has accepted his petitions and a single bench comprising Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi will hear the former PM's pre-arrest bail plea.

An anti-corruption court on August 28 had issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of Yousuf Raza Gilani and his fellow PPP leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim.

The order against the former prime minister and the senior PPP leader was issued after the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) presented a challan (charge sheet) with 12 new cases — relating to multi-billion rupee scandal in the Trade Development Authority (TDAP) — registered against the two before the court.

Gilani had announced that he will appear before the anti-corruption court on August 31 and the government need not arrest him but he failed to appear before the court citing the murder of a former secretary general of the Karachi District Bar Association.

Talking to Dawn, Mr Gilani said he had consulted his counsel, Farooq H Naek, over the issue who suggested that he (Gilani) should not appear before the court as the lawyers had announced boycotting the courts’ proceedings in protest against the killing.

Cases against the two PPP leaders, some former and serving senior officials of the TDAP and others were registered by FIA for their alleged involvement in approving and disbursing fraudulent trade subsidies of billions of rupees to several fake companies through fictitious claims and backdated cheques.

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