On Wednesday, the Sindh High Court granted bail to former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain on medical grounds.
According to reports, referee judge of the SHC, Justice Aftab Gorar issued the orders over two corruption references filed against former Petroleum Adviser Dr. Asim by National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Dr Asim was facing two corruption cases filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for allegedly depriving the public exchequer of Rs462 million by misusing his authority.
He sought bail in connection with a multi-billion corruption reference made by NAB. His lawyer, Anwar Mansoor Khan, informed the judges that the petitioner’s health condition is worsening and requires complete rest and medical treatment. He is currently under treatment at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases.
One of the references accused Dr Asim of Rs.462 billion embezzlement while the other of Rs.17 billion graft.
Accepting bail plea on medical grounds, the judge directed Dr. Asim to file security bonds of Rs.5 million.
There is no more hurdle in his release as Dr. Asim has acquired bail in all cases he was facing in different court.
It was a two judge bench and Justice Agha granted bail to Dr Asim subject to furnishing a surety of Rs2.5 million in each case and a bond of the same amount to the satisfaction of the court nazir.
Also directing the applicant to deposit his original passport with the nazir, the judge further directed the interior ministry not to issue him a fresh passport until further orders and to place his name on the Exit Control List.
Sindh High Court’s Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah appointed Justice Aftab Ahmed Gorar as referee judge to decide the bail applications of Dr Asim Hussain. He was appointed after a split verdict by an SHC division bench on the bail issue last month.
The decision was reserved after hearing final arguments from Dr Asim’s lawyer, Advocate Latif Khosa and NAB prosecutor.