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Sharjeel Memon granted bail

KARACHI, June 25 (WNP): Sindh High Court Tuesday granted bail to former provincial information minister Sharjeel Memon in a corruption reference pertaining to the award of advertisements at ‘exorbitant rates’ through the abuse of power.

A National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team had taken the PPP leader and 11 others into custody on October 23, 2017 after the Sindh High Court had rejected his bail plea.

Following the rejection of his bail plea at the time, Memon had holed up for hours in the courtroom to avoid arrest as his team explored their options, but could not stave off the inevitable for long.

He was then indicated in February, 2018.

During today’s hearing, the facts of the case were recapped. After this, the court asked if it had been proven that Memon had received kickbacks from the deal with the advertising company.

“It has not been proven that Memon has received kickbacks from the deal,” the investigation officer conceded but added that the former minister had used his position of power in an unjust manner.

After hearing arguments from both sides, the two-member bench — headed by Justice KK Agha and comprising Justice Omar Sial — accepted Memon’s plea and asked the PPP leader to submit a bond worth Rs5 million to procure bail.

Previously, the court had rejected two different applications seeking bail for Memon over the span of his year-and-a-half long confinement.

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