Lahore: In an example of dispensing justice
in an Islamic way, a Pakistani court confirmed the interim
bail of six top government officials after they swore on the
Quran that they were innocent in a corruption case involving
millions of rupees.
During a hearing of the matter last week, a division
bench of the Lahore High Court headed by Chief Justice Ijaz
Chaudhry took strict notice of the constant extension in the
interim bail of the accused over the past year and announced
it would give a decision on confirming their bail at the next
Yesterday, when proceedings started in the High Court,
the Chief Justice asked the accused to take oath on the Quran
in order to decide the matter without further delay.
The accused took an oath on the Quran and claimed they
had not committed any corruption or embezzled even a single
At this, the Chief Justice confirmed their interim bail
and directed the accused to deposit Rs 500,000 each as surety.
The Anti-Corruption Establishment had registered a case
against the six officials in June last year on the direction
of the Punjab government.
Parks and Horticulture Authority officers Tahir Ijaz,
Akhtar Mehmood, Zulfiqar Sulehria, Muhammad Boota, Saeed Ahmad
and Azhar Sulehria were found involved in a case of alleged
corruption involving Rs 52.5 million.
An anti-corruption court rejected the bail applications
of the accused but they secured interim bail from the High
Court last year.