A banking court in Lahore granted interim bail to PML-Q leader and former federal minister Moonis Elahi in a money laundering case till July 4, stopping the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) from making arrests until then.
was the FIA to book Elahi and seven others were charged with money laundering on June 14 in a case related to the sugar scam.
He filed a bail plea in a banking court today and the petition was heard by Judge Aslam Gondal.
Elahi was represented in the hearing by advocates Amjad Parvez and Amir Saeed Ron.
Petition, a copy of which is available don.comsaid that “it is [an] The unfortunate feature of the political history of Pakistan inherited from the colonial rule is that [the] The process of law has been misused as a tool of political hunting.
“The petitioners and their elders were also victims of[s] of misuse of law by various regimes.”
The petition further stated that Moonis, his elders and other family members “have from time to time faced charges under the criminal law on frivolous charges, but any allegation or misuse of corruption or personal gain at the expense of the national exchequer.” No allegation of abuse or abuse was leveled against him in office ever maintained before any court.
The petition said that this case was also registered at the behest of the government to “re-politicize the petitioner and his family on the allegation of assets beyond resources”.
The FIA has booked Moonis, PA Secretary Bhatti, Muhammad Nawaz Bhatti, Muhammad Ali, Mazhar Abbas, Makhdoom Umar Shahryar, Tariq Javed and Wajid Khan Bhatti under sections 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of a common intention), 109 ( Punishment) has been registered. For abetting), 420 (cheating and dishonestly abetting the delivery of property), 468 (forgery with the intention of cheating) and 471 (using genuine forged document) Pakistan Penal Code, Prevention of Corruption Section 5(2) ) is read with. Section 4 of the Act, 1947 and the Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2010 in relation to the affairs of the RYK/Alliance Sugar Mills Group.
The FIR states that the no-objection certificate for setting up the mills was issued in June 2007, when Pervez Elahi was the chief minister of Punjab, thus his “defects would be determined during the course of investigation”.
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