Nawaz Sharif again moves SC for early hearing of bail plea

LHC approves Nawaz Sharif's bail plea on medical grounds

ISLAMABAD: Nawaz Sharif on Monday approached the Supreme Court for a second time seeking an early hearing of his petition against the Feb 25 order of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), which had dismissed his bail petition on medical grounds in the Al-Azizia corruption case.
The former prime minister’s counsel filed the petition a week after the top court’s registrar office had rejected the initial plea for early hearing of his appeal.
In the petition filed today on Sharif’s behalf, it is stated that his health has deteriorated. The petitioner prayed the court to fix the hearing in the ongoing week.
On Friday, senior counsel Khawaja Haris Ahmed had filed an appeal before the Supreme Court on behalf of the former premier, asking the apex court to grant him bail after suspending the execution of the Dec 24, 2018 sentence of seven-year imprisonment awarded to him by the Accountability Court No II.
At the time when the appeal was filed, a separate request was also moved before the court with a plea that the petition be heard by a bench of the apex court preferably on Wednesday (March 6).
But the Supreme Court registrar office returned the application for early hearing on the grounds that no special treatment could be accorded and the routine procedure would be followed to take up the matter.
The high court in its Feb 25 order had held that none of the medical reports about Sharif’s condition suggested that his continued incarceration would in any way be detrimental to his life, adding he had been hospitalized time and again since January 2019 whenever he made complaints about his indisposition.
“In fact the reports of board of doctors and various teams constituted, are indicative of the fact that petitioner is receiving best possible medical treatment available to any individual in Pakistan,” the judgement had held.
But the SC appeal by Sharif contended that the IHC Feb 25 order was in violation of his fundamental right to life as guaranteed by Article 9 of the constitution, adding the Pakistan Prison Rules, 1978, were neither relevant to nor were invoked by him for the suspension of his sentence on medical grounds. As such reference to the police rules or their non-applicability to his case is redundant and extraneous to his plea for suspension of sentence.
The appeal also highlighted that the diagnosis recorded in the medical reports of the Special Medical Boards (SMB) had suggested that he was suffering from recurrent angina, ischemic heart disease, coronary artery disease, diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease-Stage 3, diabetic nephropathy, dyslipidemia and hyperuricemia.


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