Absconding after suspension of the conviction is blatant mockery of court’s decision: SC

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Supreme Court (SC) has adjourned till the final decision of Sindh High Court (SHC) NAB appeal plea against the suspension of conviction of one Dhani Bakhsh accused in corruption case.

A three members bench of SC presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial took up for hearing NAB appeal plea against the suspension of conviction of Dhani Bakhsh accused in corruption case.

NAB prosecutor told the court the accused Dhani Bakhsh was convicted and awarded 7 years imprisonment in assets beyond the known sources of income case.

SHC suspended the conviction on the appeal plea filed by the accused. The accused Dhani Bakhsh absconded after his conviction was suspended. SHC has issued notices to guarantors.

CJP Umar Atta Bandial remarked the absconding accused is not entitled to bail which is granted on suspension of conviction.

Justice Mansoor Ali Shah remarked absconding after suspension of conviction is blatant mockery of court decision. NAB should resort to SHC for cancellation of bail. If high court is initiating proceedings then SC does not interfere. Absconding is the best case of misuse of bail. The accused has made the job of NAB easy in high court by absconding.

It may be mentioned that SHC had suspended conviction of the accused Dhani Bakhsh in 2017.

NAB has resorted to SC against the suspension of conviction of the accused Dhani Bakhsh.