NAB moves SC against Maryam Nawaz's bail

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday has filed a plea against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz’s bail in Supreme Court (SC).

The petition stated that Lahore High Court (LHC) verdict on the matter of Maryam Nawaz was against the apex court’s orders. The observations on evidence given by the high court can affect the trial of bail case, it added.

The bureau has further requested the court to declare LHC’s October 31 verdict as null and void.  

Earlier, a two-member bench headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi had granted bail to Maryam Nawaz in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case against two surety bonds worth 10 million.

On August 8, NAB team had detained Maryam Nawaz outside the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore for skipping appearance in Chaudhry Sugar Mills due to meeting with her father Nawaz Sharif.

Maryam Nawaz was unable to provide the required details of foreign investment in sugar mills while she was also failed to satisfy the bureau regarding source of income for purchasing the shares. NAB had also claimed that three foreigners had transferred 11000 shares worth millions of rupees on Maryam Nawaz’s name.

On July 19, accountability court had turned down petition of NAB claiming Maryam Nawaz had produced a bogus trust deed in Avenfield reference.

Judge Mohammad Bashir had declared anti-corruption watchdog’s appeal as unmaintainable and ruled that no action can be taken in this regard until the decision of Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Maryam’s petition against the Avenfield properties verdict.

On July 6, 2018, accountability judge Mohammad Bashir had convicted former premier Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz in Avenfield properties reference and sentenced them 10 years and 07 years imprisonment, respectively.

In the verdict, judge Bashir had declared that “The trust deeds produced by the accused Maryam Nawaz were also found bogus… In view of the role of this accused Maryam Nawaz, she is convicted and sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for seven years with fine of two million pounds.”

She was arrested and shifted to Adiala jail. Later, in September 2018, and was released from jail after the Islamabad High Court suspended her prison sentence.