Jang / Geo Chief Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman’s bail hearing has been adjourned by the Supreme Court on Monday as the National Accountability Court has summoned a three-member bench for the case.
MSR is currently being held in connection with a property case filed against it by an anti-graft watchdog.
A two-judge bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam presided over the hearing on Tuesday.
MSR lawyer Khawaja Harris pleaded that Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed had fixed the case for hearing. “A two-member bench may hear the case.”
However, the Additional Prosecutor General of the NAB objected, saying that the Supreme Court had directed a three-member bench to hear the case, and therefore the two-member bench should not take action.
Justice Alam, meanwhile, said the court was cautious when it came to bail matters and the proceedings were adjourned till Thursday, three days from today.
The NAB prosecutor appealed to the bench to adjourn the hearing till Monday. Two anti-graft watchdog prosecutors are ill.
“The NAB team will not be available this week,” he said.
Concluding the hearing, the judges of the Supreme Court referred the matter of formation of a three-member bench to the Chief Justice and adjourned the hearing till Monday.
It is noteworthy that a two-member bench of the Supreme Court has so far heard the remaining cases of the NAB.
A two-member bench headed by Justice Maqbool Baqir heard the Paragon City corruption case of PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique.
A two-member bench also heard the fake bank accounts case of Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed.
The NAB had objected to the number of judges on the bench, however, the apex court had rejected the objection.
The MSR was arrested by the NAB on March 12, more than 200 days ago, on trip-up charges related to property purchased more than three years ago.
The arrest of Jang / Geo Group’s editor-in-chief has been condemned in all quarters, with international human rights groups calling on the current government to release MSR.
Demonstrations are going on across the country against the arrest of MSR. Journalists have vowed to unite in the justice movement for Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman and thwart all conspiracies against the group.
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