Rawalpindi: LHC suspends sentence of bank cashier
RAWALPINDI: Lahore High Court (LHC), Rawalpindi bench, here on Wednesday suspended the conviction of a bank cashier in two corruption cases till the disposal of his appeal against the orders of an accountability court. A division bench comprising Justice Maulvi Anwarul Haq and Justice Mazhar Hussain Minhas suspended the eight years punishment and Rs3million fine on Muhammad Anwar, a former cashier at a National Bank branch in Islamabad, and directed him to submit two surety bonds each worth Rs0.4million after he sought the suspension till his appeal against the verdict of the accountability court.
Tariq Mehmood advocate, lawyer of the petitioner contended in the court that the allegations raised against his client could only be probed by police or federal investigation agency (FIA) and not by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and he could be tried in a special banking court and not by the accountability court. He also maintained that his client had been awarded five years imprisonment in one case and three years in the other whereas, he had
already served three–year imprisonment during the trial, while he had been acquitted in two other corruption cases by the trial court.
The lawyer maintained that there were conflicts in the decision in the court cases, as Anwar had been absolved of the corruption charges in two cases, but convicted in two others.
He also maintained that the charges against his client were of same nature and there could have been one trial instead of four cases.