IHC bars accountability court to proceed against Dar

IHC bars accountability court to proceed against Dar

Islamabad (Staff Report): The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday barred the accountability court from proceedings against former finance minister Ishaq Dar in a case regarding possessing assets beyond means till January 17, 2018.

A divisional bench comprising Justice Athar Minullah and Justice Gul Hasan Aurengzeb heard a petition filed by Dar against the accountability court’s order regarding issuance of non-bailable warrants and his proclamation.

The high court has barred the trial court from proceedings against Dar till January 17, 2018.

The accountability court had issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Dar on Nov 14. On Nov 21, the court had declared him an absconder and warned his guarantor, Ahmed Ali Qadoosi, that his surety bonds worth Rs5 million would be confiscated if Dar failed to join the trial proceedings.

In a hearing on Dec 14, the accountability court had declared Dar a proclaimed offender and sought a report on properties and assets of his guarantor from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

On Tuesday, the IHC also issued a stay order for 24 hours against orders of an accountability court regarding seizing property of former fiance minister Ishaq Dar’s guarantor, Ahmad Ali Qadoosi, after he failed to produce Dar before the court.