Shahabuddin gets interim bail in drug quota case
23 June, 2012
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Friday granted seven-day bail to Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Makhdoom Shahabuddin in ephedrine quota case.
Shahabuddin's lawyer said charges levelled against his client were baseless and there was no mention of his name in the case. Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan said the court did not have record of the case and asked why Shahabuddin did not go to Islamabad High Court (IHC) instead of coming to PHC.
The chief justice asked how was it possible that a person involved in a case was also a candidate for premiership. The chief justice inquired from Shahabuddin how he came to Peshawar from Islamabad despite the issuance of his non-bailable arrest warrants, and why he was not arrested. Shahabuddin's counsel said that his client respected the law and if the honourable court issues orders of his bail, he would present himself before the chief justice instead of fleeing.
Consequently, the court issued interim bail of Rs 2 million for seven days. Afterwards, talking to media men, Shahabuddin said that conspiracy was hatched against him and Pakistan People's Party, but he kept from naming the conspirators. He said his arrest warrants were issued after his nomination as the candidate for premiership, adding that all blames put on him were based on ill-will.
Shahabuddin's candidature was withdrawn at the eleventh hour after a court issued arrest warrants for him.