SHC judge declines to hear Sharjeel Memon’s petition

KARACHI: The judge of Sindh High Court (SHC), Justice Aftab Ahmed Gorar on Thursday declined to proceed with the constitution petition filed by Pakistan People Party (PPP) leader Sharjeel Inam Memon who sought the court’s direction to restrain the NAB from arresting him in relation with an alleged inquiry.

Former information minister filed a petition to avoid his possible arrest by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on his arrival at any airport of Pakistan in respect to inquiry against him.

The hearing of petition was scheduled on Thursday before the SHC bench, comprising Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto and Justice Aftab Ahmed Gorar but Justice Gorar refused to hear it.

The matter is now referred to SHC chief Justice who will assign it before any other bench in which Justice Aftab Ahmed Gorar is not a member.

In the last hearing, another bench directed NAB to inform the court whether any inquiry is under way in NAB or Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) against.

Earlier, the petitioner submitted that the NAB is trying to implicate him in false cases without any cause, reason and without opportunities for being him heard. He stated that he was never involved in any corruption or misuse of authority.

Sharjeel Inam Memon submitted in the petition that he had received intimidation that he would be taken in illegal custody but actually he is not at fault whatsoever.

PPP leader who is currently living in the United Kingdom submitted that there is considerable defamatory news lively telecasted against him for his possible arrest without specification of allegations. He apprehended that he would be arrested with malafide intentions on any airport of the country soon after his landing.

Citing Chairman and director general of NAB as respondents, Memon prayed to the SHC to restrain NAB from arresting him without the court’s permission.

“Restrain NAB from taking adverse action against me and my liberty. The Bureau is directed to disclose the reason and verify on oath regarding pendency of any inquiry,” he prayed to the court.