KARACHI: Former Sindh information minister Sharjeel Memon was arrested after leaving the court premises by officials of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
The former minister was escorted from the court premises by Rangers and NAB personnel and was surrounded by his lawyers and other supporters. As he was leaving the court, resistance was offered by his supporters leading to an exchange of hot words with NAB officials.
Sources claim that Memon will be shifted to the NAB office.
Memon was attempting to avoid being arrested by NAB after the cancellation of his bail extension plea by the Sindh High court earlier today.
The SHC rejected the bail pleas of Memon and 12 others in a graft case.
Hearing the Rs5.76 billion corruption case, filed by NAB, SHC Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Shaikh dismissed the request of the suspects to extend their bails in the case.
Following the bail dismissal, NAB officials are waiting outside the court, along with the Rangers, to take the accused into custody.
At present, Memon and other accused are consulting their legal team inside the courtroom and have not left the premises.
Memon later applied for transitory bail from the SHC chief justice, stating that he will challenge today’s decision in the Supreme Court. Until then, NAB should be restrained from arresting Memon, his lawyer pleaded.
Talking to the media, Memon said he will give himself up for arrest if the court does not rule in his favour.
However, the chief justice refused to entertain Memon’s plea and returned it to his counsel.
Following the chief justice’s decision, Memon’s counsels approached the accountability court hearing the graft case and submitted a request stating that the court send the former minister to jail on judicial remand.
They stated that the former minister wants to surrender himself to the accountability court so he can be sent on judicial remand [and not in custody of NAB].
The suspects are accused of corruption worth Rs5.76 billion in the award of advertisements of the Sindh government’s awareness campaigns in the electronic media.
Memon, who returned to Pakistan in March this year after ending his near two-year-long self-imposed exile, was arrested on his arrival by NAB but later obtained bail.
The other accused in the case include bureaucrats, officials of the information department and members of private advertising agencies.
Memon claims the charges against him are politically motivated.