PML-N concerned over delay in bail of Shehbaz Sharif

Referee judge to now rule on Punjab ex-chief minister’s bail matter

By: News Desk      Published: 12:43 PM, 18 Apr, 2021
PML-N concerned over delay in bail of Shehbaz Sharif
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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has expressed reservations over the ‘conflicting note’ issued four days after the court had granted the bail to party president Shehbaz Sharif, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Sunday.

In a statement, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said this had happened for the first time in the judicial history of Pakistan that a ‘conflicting note’ had appeared four days after the bail was granted.

“We have been visiting the court for four days to get bail orders but every time we were told those were not signed yet,” she said and added “It’s very painful.”

The Lahore High Court (LHC) had issued its detailed verdict on bail granted to PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif in an alleged money laundering reference.

According to the judgment, in a two-judge LHC bench, Justice Sardar Muhammad Sarfraz Dogar granted the bail to the Shehbaz Sharif, however Justice Asjad Javed Ghural declined the plea.

The Lahore High Chief justice would now appoint a referee judge who would agree to the order of one of the dissenting judges and the bail petition would be rejected or accepted by majority of 2:1.

  According to Justice Sardar Sarfraz Dogar, due to differences, separate decisions were written. ‘The matter will now be placed before the Chief Justice for the appointment of a referee judge,’ he said.

Let it be known that a two-judge bench Court on April 13 granted bail to Shehbaz Sharif, who was arrested in a money laundering case.

Justice Asjad Javed in his dissenting note stated that fellow judge had approved the bail of Shehbaz Sharif despite his refusal whereas Justice Sarfraz Dogar said that the bail was granted on mutual consent.

Earlier, the release of Shehbaz Sharif on bail in a money laundering case was halted after one of the judges hearing the matter raised objection.