Ex Federal Minister, Wife seek protective bail from IHC over corruption charges

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Ex Federal Minister, Wife seek protective bail from IHC over corruption charges

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) after petitions were filed by a former federal minister and his wife seeking protective bail in a corruption reference filed against them for accumulating wealth ‘beyond known sources of income’.

Justice Aamer Farooq issued notices to NAB to file their replies by April 5 after the former federal minister for communication Arbab Alamgir and his wife former MNA Asma Arbab had approached the court seeking protective bail.

Barrister Masroor Shah, counsel for the petitioners, said that the couple were currently living in the United Arab Emirates.

However, he added that they were willing to join the inquiry in Pakistan and that they had communicated this to NAB as well.

However, the counsel said, the officials of NAB had issued statements on various media claiming that the petitioners would be arrested upon their return to Pakistan.

He added that these statements had given rise to apprehensions that the NAB’s “Call Up Notices” were a mere ploy to trap them upon their return to Pakistan.

Shah argued that the petitioners had no issue in returning to the country and to appear before a Combined Investigation Team (CIT) and to record their statements, answer any queries the investigation officers may have.