Pakistan

LHC grants pre-arrest bail to PMLN leader Barjees Tahir

The Lahore High Court on Thursday granted pre-arrest interim bail to PML-N member national assembly and ex-minister Barjees Tahir against whom the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had initiated an inquiry of assets beyond means initiated against him. 

The court granted the bail to the applicant till September 27. The court also directed the prosecutor to come up with a clear response whether the arrest of Barjees Tahir was required or not.

Barjees Tahir personally appeared before the court along with his counsel.

The counsel said that previously the court had disposed of a similar bail application of Mr. Tahir in light of a statement of the NAB that no arrest warrants were issued. He submitted that the NAB once again issued a call-up notice to Mr. Tahir asking him to appear before its investigation team on September 10. 

He requested for bail of Mr. Tahir as there was an apprehension that the bureau would arrest him. He asserted that there had been instances when the NAB made arrests in a surprising manner.

A NAB prosecutor informed the court that the arrest of the applicant was not required so far and he had been summoned for investigation.

Mr. Tahir in his petition submitted that the NAB had already closed the impugned inquiry against him in 2003. He stated that the NAB again started issuing him call-up notices in 2019 in the same inquiry.

He claimed that the NAB unlawfully converted a complaint into an investigation against him and there were apprehensions of his arrest. He sought concession of bail. 

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