Drug Smuggling Case: LHC reserves verdict on Rana Sanaullah bail plea

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Justice Mushtaq Ahmed heard the arguments of both parties and reserved the verdict.

LAHORE (Dunya News) – The Lahore High Court on Monday reserved verdict on bail petition of former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah on a case related to the recovery of drugs from his vehicle.

LHC judge Justice Chaudhry Mushtaq Ahmed heard the bail plea filed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader.

During the proceedings, Advocate Zahid Hussain Bukhari, Ahsan Bhawan and Azam Nazir Tarrar on behalf of Rana Sanaullah, while Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Prosecutor Muhammad Irfan Malik presented their arguments.

Justice Mushtaq Ahmed heard the arguments of both parties and reserved the verdict.

On December 21, Anti-Narcotics Court Judge Shakir Hussain extended the judicial remand of PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah till January 4 in the heroin recovery case.

The court also issued notices to the investigation officer seeking a reply on the application of Rana Sanaullah for provision of a video of the ministers.

Earlier in his bail plea, Rana Sanaullah had stated that he was arrested in a false case of drugs smuggling as he used to criticize the government. He adopted a stance that he he was booked for smuggling of 21 KG heroin in the FIR, while later the weight of the captured narcotics was declared 15 kilograms.

On July 1, Sanaullah was arrested by the ANF after the discovery of a large stash of contraband in his vehicle from near the Sukheke area in Punjab. Sanaullah, a member of the National Assembly (MNA) and president of the PML-N’s Punjab wing and was arrested while travelling with his guards to a meeting from Faisalabad to Lahore.

A case was filed in accordance with the Control of Narcotics Substances Act, 1997, after a large stash of contraband was recovered from his vehicle.