ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar appeared before the Islamabad Accountability Court on Monday to attend the hearing of a corruption case against him.
Judge Mohammad Bashir directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to provide Dar with a copy of the case documents.
The judge then set September 27 as the next date of hearing when the finance minister will be formally indicted by the court. Dar was also directed to submit the surety bond worth Rs1 million.
Dar’s counsel asked the court to be granted seven days for perusing the reference against his client, as it is spread over 23 volumes.
The judge denied the request and observed that the court will conduct daily hearings in the case. It also directed Dar to deposit a Rs5 million surety bond with the court to ensure his appearance at the next hearings.
The judge denied the request and observed that the court has to complete the trial in six months.
“If you take a month to read the reference how will we wrap up proceedings in the given time,” the judge asked, observing further that two days are enough to go over the reference.
At the last hearing, the court had issued warrants for Dar’s arrest as he failed to appear in court to face charges of having assets beyond his known sources of income.
The court also rejected National Accoutability Bureau’s (NAB) plea of issuing non-bailable arrest warrants of the minister. Judge Mohammad Basheer stated that the trial against Dar will be conducted on daily basis and no further action was needed after the appearance of the accused in the court.
The court has also rejected Ishaq Dar’s plea for having a look at the records of the case against him.
Dar refused to speak to the media upon his departure from the court premises.
Talking to media, Dar’w lawyer Amjad Pervaiz said he had requested the court for seven days time which is practice and is given to the accused to prepare the case. He said the court however observed that it cannot give more time as it has to complete the hearing in a given time.
Barrister Amjad Pervaiz answering a question said there holder of public office cannot be disqualified if there is a criminal case against him.