SHC rejects KDA’s ex-DG’s bail plea in corruption case

LARKANA: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday turned down the bail application of Karachi Development Authority’s (KDA) former director general Nasir Abbas in a case pertaining to illegal conversion of residential plots into commercial plots.

Headed by Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh, the SHC bench pronounced its verdict that was reserved earlier on March 09 after completion of arguments from all sides.

Abbas, along with the officials of KDA, was being tried in the reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for allegedly transferring many plots meant for residential purpose to commercial use.

The defence counsel said that the charges leveled against Abbas were baseless as he was never involved in embezzling or misusing power. The KDA’s dormer chief maintained that the NAB had arrested him even before the completion of inquiry. He requested the court to release him on bail.

The NAB prosecutor; however, opposed the bail plea and submitted that the accused persons in connivance with each other had caused a loss of Rs385million to the national exchequer through ‘embezzling’ the land of the city.

The court was requested to throw out the bail applications as the NAB contended that there were sufficient evidences that Abbas and others were involved in the offence.

After hearing arguments from both sides, the SHC bench dismissed Abbas’s bail application.