KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) directed court office to connect all criminal review appeals filed by former president Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talur, Omni Group Chairman Anwar Majeed, his son Abdul Ghani Majeed, Hussain Lawai, unknown banker and his associate Taha Raza against transfer of money laundering case from banking court to Islamabad NAB Court.
On March 21, 2019, a two-member bench, comprising Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh and Justice Umer Sial heard the criminal review petitions filed by Hussain Lawai and Taha Raza. Court also issued notices to prosecutor general NAB for March 26, 2019.
During the hearing, Shoukat Hayat Advocate appeared on behalf of above-mentioned both applicants and argued that Supreme Court had directed to NAB officials shall file 16 NAB references before NAB Islamabad, however, Supreme Court had not passed or observed in its order to transfer fake accounts case from banking court Karachi to NAB Islamabad.
He further argued that chairman NAB misinterpreted the judgment of apex court and filed application under section 16A before banking court which was accepted by said court and case has been transfer from banking court to NAB Islamabad.
Shoukat Hayat Advocate stated that all suspects and witnesses are living in Karachi and if case is transferred, it would be against rights of suspects, witnesses and violation of apex court’s judgment.
It needs to be pertained here that main suspect and former president Asif Ali Zardari, Faryal Talpur, Anwar Majeed and Abdul Ghani Majeed already moved criminal review appeals in which court issued notice to director general NAB and NAB prosecutor for March 26, 2019.