NAB files plea seeking cancellation of Maryam Nawaz’s bail
ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday filed a plea in the Supreme Court (SC) seeking cancellation of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz’s bail petition.
The NAB plea has asked to dismiss the petition filed by Maryam Nawaz and revoke the verdict announced by the Lahore High Court on Nov 4 in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case. The accountability watchdog has said that the LHC gave its verdict against the ruling of the top court.
It said that the high court had given its verdict based on evidence in the bail plea which could affect the trial.
The LHC had reserved its verdict in the plea in October and announced it on Nov 4, granting the bail.
Maryam Nawaz had been directed to submit two surety bonds worth Rs10 million each. The verdict was announced by a two-member bench headed by Justice Baqir Ali Najfi.
The high court had also directed the daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to submit her passport with the court otherwise she would have to submit Rs70 million extra as surety.
On Aug 8, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials had taken Maryam Nawaz into custody from jail premises in Lahore. She had gone to Kot Lakhpat jail to meet her father along her cousin.
Maryam and her cousin Yousaf Abbas had been arrested in Chaudhry Suger Mills case. She had submitted a requisite questionnaire in the reference, still the officials of anti-graft watchdog reached the jail and detained her.
NAB sources had said she could not give satisfactory answers to NAB questions.
Addressing a press conference on Aug 7, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar had said the Sharif family had used the Chaudhry Sugar Mills for money laundering and illegal transfer of wealth.
He had said the mill’s shares were transferred to Maryam Nawaz in 2008, who then transferred about seven million rupees of them to Yousaf Abbas Sharif in 2010.
Shahzad Akbar had blamed that Yousaf Abbas transferred shares worth Rs400 million to Naseer Lootah’s bank account in the UAE in 2011 and about as much shares to Hussain Nawaz in 2013.