Ephedrine quota scandal: LHC grants bail to Hanif Abbasi
02 November, 2012
RAWALPINDI: The Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday confirmed the bails of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MNA Hanif Abbasi, former drug controller Sheikh Ansar and owner of the Lahore Pharmaceutical Company, Nadeem Zafar, in the ephedrine quota case.
A two-member bench comprising Justice Sagheer Ahmed Qadri and Justice Ali Baqir Najafi confirmed the bails of the accused against surety bonds of Rs 500,000 and two guarantors each.
The court also said in its verdict that investigation in the ephedrine case was underway and if credible evidence against Abbasi came to light during investigation, where his arrest becomes essential, then the ANF could approach the court for cancellation of his bail.
Prosecutor general of the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF), Raja Shahid, contended the record submitted by Hanif Abbasi about usage of the allotted quota was "bogus". He said there were indications the quota was smuggled to a neighbouring country instead of using it to manufacture medicines locally. Counsel for the PML-N parliamentarian, Sardar Ishaq Khan, pleaded there was complete record of the medicines manufactured with ephedrine and its distribution.