SC grants interim-bail to Musa Gilani
14 September, 2012
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court granted interim-bail to Ali Musa Gilani, who was earlier arrested in ephedrine case by ANF from outside the SC gate and later on court order presented him within half an hour before the court.
The three-member bench headed by Justice Nasir ul Mulk, while resuming the hearing of the ephedrine case Friday here, took serious view of Ali Musa Gilani's arrest outside the SC gate and ordered that he be presented in the apex court within half an hour.
ANF complying with court orders presented Ali Musa Gilani shortly. The court reprimanding the ANF officials granted interim-bail to Musa Gilani on surety of Rs500,000.
Ali Musa Gilani's lawyers informed the court that a notice was already served to him and his arrest outside the SC gate was tantamount to contempt of court.
Following the footsteps of Federal Minister Makhdoom Shahbuddin, Ali Musa Gilani had moved SC on Thursday to seek interim relief against a Lahore High Court (LHC) order in the Ephedrine quota case.
Ali Musa invoked the appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court against the LHC verdict which denied him a pre-arrest bail in the Ephedrine case on September 3. He is accused of pressurizing officials of the health ministry in 2010 to allocate a quota of controlled chemical ephedrine to two different pharmaceutical companies.
Recently, the SC has granted pre-arrest bail in the same case to Federal Minister for Textile Industry Makhdoom Shahabuddin till September 25.
Filing for a pre-arrest bail under Article 185(3) of the Constitution, Ali Musa's counsel Khalid Ranjaha submitted that neither his client was named in the FIR nor in any of the challans submitted by the prosecution before the court.
"It is needless to add that even though there is no evidence of incriminating nature against my client, warrants have been obtained out of sheer malice, ill will and by keeping the court deliberately in the dark," he argued.
Ranjaha further said that the FIR was being used as a rouse to arrest his client and thereby to defame him in the eyes of his electorate and demolish the family image. He contended that although there was no evidence to connect the petitioner with the impugned FIR, the investigating agency was out to nab the petitioner. Despite there being no evidence, the petitioner's warrants of arrest were obtained on June 21, 2012, he added.
Requesting the court for interim relief, Ranjaha said that there was no evidence against his client in connection to the ephedrine quota allocation but his arrest has been sought for political reasons. "Under the circumstances, it is prayed that special leave to appeal may very graciously be granted against order of the LHC of September 3", Ranjaha submitted.