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Assets case: Agha Siraj Durrani, others appear before court

ISLAMABAD: 23, DECEMBER, 2021: Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani and others have appeared before court in assets beyond income reference on Thursday.
During the hearing, NAB prosecutor told that the court had sought original documents from the witnesses.
The court expressed indignation over the NAB prosecutor and ordered to issue bailable arrest warrant of the witnesses.
On December 3, NAB had arrested Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani from the premises of Supreme Court (SC) in assets beyond income reference.
As per sources, Agha Siraj Durrani had been shifted to NAB Rawalpindi office where he underwent medical checkup.
On the same day, Supreme Court (SC) ordered Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader and Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani to surrender before National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader had appeared before the apex court. A three-member bench headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard the matter.
According to sources, the speaker approached the Supreme court in a case pertaining to his bail in assets beyond income reference.
The apex court directed the Speaker Sindh Assembly to surrender before NAB.
SC rejected the plea and directed him to first comply with the order of the Sindh High Court (SHC) and surrender before NAB, after which his case would be heard next week. "We have to proceed with the case as per the law," Justice Bandial stated.
The court later adjourned the case till next week.
Earlier, on October 14, a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team failed to arrest Speaker of Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani and returned after 15 hours empty handed.
The NAB team had raided the residence of the Speaker Sindh Assembly after the Sindh High Court rejected his bail petition. However, the team could not arrest Agha Siraj Durrani due to resistance from his guards.
On November 6, Sindh High Court (SHC) rejected bail plea of Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani and seven other accused in the assets case.
The High Court rejected the bail pleas of eight accused, including Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani while the court granted bail to Agha Siraj's wife, son, three daughters and an accused.
Earlier in December 2019, the SHC had approved bail of Agha Siraj Durrani but NAB approached the SC against the bail.
The apex court sent the matter back the high court. The Chief Justice of the High Court had constituted a special bench of two judges in this regard.
It is pertinent to mention here that, besides Agha Siraj Durrani, his wife and son Shahbaz Durrani, other persons including Tufail Ahmed, Metha Khan, Aslam Pervez Langah, Zulfiqar Dahir and Gulzar Ahmed have been nominated in the aforesaid reference filed by NAB. (04)

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