NAB requested IHC to reject Nawaz Sharif petition seeking bail
ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has demanded the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to reject a petition submitted by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to seek his release from prison on medical reasons.
In a comprehensive reply presented to the IHC in reaction to Sharif’s request, the NAB said that the petition in hand is the third one seeking relief on a comparable basis to earlier ones and is therefore maintainable and liable with exemplary costs to be rejected.
Quoting a Supreme Court verdict in a comparable case, it contends that the apex court had laid down principles for granting bail according to which bail would be granted in “exceptional conditions and in instances of extreme hardship only involving severe illnesses that would endanger the life of the petitioner.”
NAB stated the grounds on the basis of which Sharif sought his release are “non-conclusive observations contained in a medical report of the so-called Special Medical Board and recommendation and does not manifest any serious ailment endangering the life of the petitioner and on this ground alone the petition merits dismissal.”
It said that the Supreme Court had earlier granted six-week bail to the petitioner for treatment but he flouted its orders.
“According to medical reports compiled by the special medical board of the Sharif Medical City, the petitioner is suffering from two alleged ailments, including Lymphadenopathy and Renal Artery Stenosis causing hypertension,” reads the reply.
“It is pertinent to mention that the ailments are not life-threatening during the incarceration of the petitioner where necessary medical treatment is being provided,” NAB concluded.