KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday extended the pre-arrest bail of three officials of Arts Council Pakistan (ACP) who reached the court to avoid arrest for their alleged involvement in corruption.
SHC division bench on 10th August granted the interim bail to ACP President Aijaz Ahmed Farooqi, Executive Director Nadeem Zafar Siddiqui and Secretary Mohammad Ahmed Shah against the surety bonds of Rs 500,000 for each and restrained National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from arresting them.
NAB is investigating into charges of corruption and misappropriation of funds against top ACP officials. On Tuesday’s hearing, the applicants’ counsel requested the court to extend their bail as they had nothing to do with corruption or embezzlement and charges levelled against them are baseless. After hearing the arguments, SHC extended their bail till 22nd October and adjourned the hearing.
NAB personnel on 30th July had visited ACP to check records as according to NAB spokesperson: “It was no raid. It was just a pre-inquiry record-check on the basis of complaints.”
According to sources, NAB came into action after receiving complaint and sought records of the ACP on 30th July.
Khalil Ahmed Nainitalwala, a member of ACP, and head of a rival election group, alleged that Secretary Mohammad Ahmed Shah was involved in huge embezzlement in the past decade.