Dr Asim Hussain released on bail

Dunya News

Dr Asim has departed for Zia-ud-Din Hospital from Jinnah Hospital.

KARACHI (Dunya News) - Former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain has been released on bail in corruption references today (Friday).

According to details, Dr Asim has arrived at Ziauddin from Jinnah Hospital.

Meanwhile, former president Asif Ali Zardari felicitated Dr Asim on his release and said that he has defended baseless cases with courage.

Earlier, Sindh High Court (SHC) had granted bail to Dr Asim Hussain on medical grounds over surety bonds of Rs25 lac each. The accused had also submitted his passport in the court.

In August 2015, the former petroleum minister was detained during a raid at Higher Education Commission office in Clifton area over alleged embezzlement.

Dr Asim is facing different corruption references in accountability court while a terror case in anti-terrorism court (ATC).

One of the references alleges Dr Asim of Rs 462 billion graft while the other of Rs 17 billion. He is accused of concealing assets, granting illegal allotments, land grabbing, misuse of authority, fraud and giving illegal contracts during his tenure in Sui Southern Gas Pipelines Limited (SSGPL).

Besides SSGPL reference, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is pursuing money laundering case against the former federal minister.