Lahore: BoP accused bail plea adjourned
LAHORE: A Division bench of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday adjourned till May 17 the hearing of bail petition of Hamesh Khan, former president of the Bank of Punjab and principal accused in Bank of Punjab loan scam of Rs9 billion.
The division bench headed by LHC Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry put off the hearing after the petitioner counsel sought time to examine documents submitted by the Bank of Punjab before the court.
Hamesh has filed the bail petition second time as earlier his counsel Mehmood A Sheikh had withdrawn the petition on the plea that it would be filed later with some amendments. Earlier, Hamesh had moved his bail application but had withdrawn it on September 29, 2009. The accused had withdrawn the petition as the Supreme Court had dismissed his request for transfer of his case to another bench of the LHC. The apex court, while dismissing the transfer application, had held that it was the prerogative of the LHC chief justice (CJ) to fix the case before any bench for hearing in view of its nature. Earlier, Hamesh’s counsel had contended before a division bench headed by former Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif to transfer the case before bench of now chief Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry who had heard a petition of Hamesh’s co-accused Adil Khan.