Former MD SSGC’s petition against arrest

March 2, 2016 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday adjourned the hearing of a petition filed by former deputy managing director, Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) Shoaib Warsi against his arrest by National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) over embezzlement charges.

Warsi is currently in NAB custody over charges of awarding illegal gas connection and misusing of powers during his tenure.

In Thursday’s hearing, NAB prosecutor Mohammad Altaf stated that he was appointed just a day before therefore, he is not prepare for the arguments. He requested the court to allow him some time which was accepted by the court. SHC bench, headed by Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto, adjourned the hearing till 11th March 2016.

Earlier, Warsi had submitted that he was picked up by the Rangers on 26th August 2015 and he remained in their custody for the period of three months. After the expiry of his 90-day preventive detention, he was handed over NAB.

The petitioner had submitted that he was not involved in any criminal activity and all the allegations levelled against him are baseless. He contended that since he is innocent, his arrest is the violation of articles 3, 4, 9, 10 and 14 of Pakistan’s constitution.

Warsi submitted in the petition that he has been falsely implicated in facilitating then petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain in the embezzlement in SSGC but he has nothing to with corruption.

Shoaib Warsi was arrested by Rangers which detained him by informing Anti-Terrorism Court that they had credible information about his involvement in offences falling within the ambit of Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997. After the expiry of his 90-day preventive detention, he was handed over to the NAB.