Lahore: Sohail Zia’s bail plea refused by LHC
LAHORE: As reported by The News on Friday, A DIVISION bench of the Lahore High Court on Thursday refused to hear a bail petition and appeal of former MPA Sohail Zia Butt and referred the same to chief justice for fixing it before any other appropriate bench. The bench comprised Chaudhry Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry and Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi. The LHC had sent Zia Butt to jail to undergo his three years sentence by an accountability court but he was admitted to hospital due to bad health and did not go to prison. The accountability court had re-invoked the 2001 conviction against Butt on Sept 3 when he was already in NAB custody following his arrest from near Kalma Chowk on Sept 1 against the warrants issued on Jan 12, 2001 by the accountability court for his non appearance. The reference filed during the regime of Pervez Musharraf accused Butt, Rs 2 million which he allegedly received from the National Industrial Finance Corporation (NIFC) under a deal to get Ahmad Mansion, The Mall, evacuated from the illegal occupants which he failed to honour. On the complaint of the executive officer of the corporation, the reference was framed against Butt by NAB. Sohail Zia Buttís counsel Ehtasham Qadir advocate pleaded that his client was facing no charges of corruption which fell in the ambience of the NAB law.
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