SHC directs NAB to complete inquiry against provincial law minister

Karachi

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday directed the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) to complete inquiry against the provincial law minister, Zia-ul-Hasan Lanjar and submit report by December 05.

A two-judge bench was hearing Lanjar’s plea requesting the court to restrain NAB from harassing in respect to an inquiry pertaining to alleged corruption and misuse of powers made by him.

During the hearing, the NAB counsel submitted a report and informed the judges that Lanjar was not cooperating in the inquiry. He added that the provincial minister had just provided the details of his income but the same had to be scrutinized. According to NAB, Lanjar’s assets had been increased considerably after 2008.

After hearing the NAB’s stance, the bench directed the corruption watchdog to complete the inquiry and submit a report by December 05.

Meanwhile, the court also extended interim pre-arrest bail granted to Lanjar till the next hearing.

Earlier, the provincial law minister through Farooq H Naek filed a plea and submitted that NAB had issued him a notice directing to appear before it and answer its queries.

He submitted that he was never involved in corruption or misuse of powers, adding that he would be arrested with malafide intentions.

He had prayed to the SHC to restrain NAB from harassing and arresting him.

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