Islamabad (Staff Report): The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday rejected Sindh former information minister Sharjeel Memon and others’ bail plea for their alleged involvement in a Rs 5.76 billion advertisement scam.

A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, resumed hearing on the petitions filed by the former provincial minister and allowed the accused to withdraw their bail petitions after hearing arguments from the counsels.

The top court clarified that the accused may apply for bail in the high court on fresh grounds.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Sharjeel Inaam Memon, Inam Akbar, Muhammed Yousuf Kabooro, Asim Hameed Khan Sikandar, Basharat Mirza and Iqbal Z Ahmed are also among the accused in the corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau.