Khursheed Shah’s son surrenders to NAB on SC orders

Published June 13, 2021
MPA Farrukh Shah being taken into custody outside court in Sukkur on Saturday.—PPI
MPA Farrukh Shah being taken into custody outside court in Sukkur on Saturday.—PPI

SUKKUR: Pakistan Peoples Party MNA Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah’s son MPA Syed Farrukh Shah surrendered before accountability court on the orders of Supreme Court on Saturday and was subsequently arrested by National Accountability Bureau on the court premises.

Farrukh Shah is one of the 18 accused in a corruption reference filed against his father by National Accountability Bureau on Sept 19, 2019, on charges of accumulating assets beyond his known sources of income. Khursheed Shah, being the major accused, the remaining 17 co-accused include his two wives, two sons, two nephews, contractors and alleged frontmen.

The court heard counsel of the accused and the NAB prosecutor but upheld the Supreme Court orders by ordering arrest of the MPA, who was then shifted to NAB’s office. The bureau said it would seek 15-day physical remand of the accused when he would be produced in the accountability court on Monday.

Farrukh Shah had recently filed an application in the Supreme Court requesting for pre-arrest bail in the ongoing probe. The application was later withdrawn and the apex court ordered the accused to surrender to the Sukkur accountability court within three days.

Barrister Shabbir Shah, counsel for the accused, argued that even if the Supreme Court and high court rejected a bail the court concerned had powers to grant bail. The NAB had completed investigation a year ago and now the case’s trial was under way, he said.

He said the Supreme Court had directed his client to appear before the accountability court and ordered him to surrender to the court.

NAB prosecutor Malik Zubair argued that in the light of the Supreme Court orders the bureau be granted permission to arrest the accused as the investigators had high hopes they would be able find clues to ill-gotten money and assets during the course of investigation.

Shabbir Shah contended that NAB officials were present in the Supreme Court but it did not order to hand over his client to NAB and just asked him to cooperate with NAB.

Published in Dawn, June 13th, 2021

Opinion

Editorial

Spy games
Updated 02 Oct, 2022

Spy games

The audios leaked so far appear to have been carefully curated: they apply pressure but do not do major damage.
‘Geopolitical football’
02 Oct, 2022

‘Geopolitical football’

THE US-China rivalry is by all measures one of the globe’s most dangerous competitions for power and influence. ...
Fuel price reduction
02 Oct, 2022

Fuel price reduction

ISHAQ Dar is back; so are his signature policies. The reduction of a little over 5pc in fuel prices announced by him...
Untruths and politics
Updated 01 Oct, 2022

Untruths and politics

It would arguably be in the national interest for the Supreme Court to take up the cipher and settle the matter.
Farmers’ protest
01 Oct, 2022

Farmers’ protest

SEVERAL hundred farmers have converged on Islamabad for the last three days to protest against the soaring costs of...
Dasht-i-Barchi bombing
01 Oct, 2022

Dasht-i-Barchi bombing

ON Friday morning, Kabul’s Dasht-i-Barchi neighbourhood was rocked by a terrorist attack targeting an educational...