Captain (R) Safdar in hot waters, may be arrested

Captain (R) Safdar in hot waters, may be arrested

ISLAMABAD - The National Accountability Bureau has approached the Supreme Court seeking custody of Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar, the son-in-law of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

The anti-graft watchdog has moved an appeal to the top court challenging the Islamabad High Court (IHC)’s decision wherein it had maintained the accountability court’s order pertaining to the release of Capt (retd) Safdar on bail following his arrest in October last year.

On 19 February, an IHC divisional bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani had dismissed the NAB’s plea seeking to set aside the accountability court order.

The NAB appeal said that the accountability court could not release the accused, Capt (retd) Safdar, who is arrested in execution of the arrest warrants issued by the court.

“The accountability court cannot release an arrested accused, when it has no powers to grant bail to any accused as provided by section 9(b) of NAO, 1999,” it said.

It further contended that “the accountability court wrongly extended benefit to the accused by misapplying the law and remained failed to make a distinction between a complaint case and a challan case”.