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Zardari challenges court decision to transfer fake account case to Rawalpindi

KARACHI: Co-Chairman, Pakistan People’s Party, Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday moved to Sindh High Court against the banking court’s decision to allow the National Accountability Bureau to transfer the fake bank accounts case to an accountability court in Rawalpindi.

On Friday, the banking had allowed NAB to transfer the case to an accountability court in Rawalpindi.

Last month, a NAB prosecutor had filed a statement with the trial court on behalf of NAB chairman retired Justice Javed Iqbal, stating that the investigation of the case had been transferred to the anti-graft watchdog by the apex court. Therefore, he requested the trial court’s judge to transfer the proceedings of trial in the present case to the accountability court in Rawalpindi.

The banking court had also cancelled the interim bails granted to Zardari, Talpur and others as the case had been transferred to a different court.

Asking for a nullification of the banking court verdict, the petition submitted in SHC said that the orders to move the case to Rawalpindi are illegal.

Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur both visited the SHC today.

At the banking court, Zardari’s counsel Farooq H. Naek had argued that there were “no grounds” for transferring the case to Rawalpindi, and pointed out that the top court had ordered that NAB concludes its investigation within two months, which he said had already lapsed. He further said that it was “important to review” Section 16-A (transfer of cases) of the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999.