Court rejects Hanif Abbasi’s plea for bail in ephedrine case

RAWALPINDI: A Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) court on Thursday rejected bail petition of former MNA Hanif Abbasi in the ephedrine quota case.
Abbasi’s counsel had submitted last Monday a fresh application under Section 256-K requesting the court to acquit his client. The counsel claimed that his client was innocent and that the case was fabricated and politically motivated.
He told that ANF has no substantial evidence against the politician, therefore the court may grant bail to his client in the case. 
The court on Monday last deferred the indictment of the PML-N leader, his brother and five others till August 28 in the drug case. (ANF) prosecutor Shahid Abbasi requested the court to frame charges against the accused, saying that the defence was using delay tactics to avoid trial of the accused. 
Special Judge Akhtar Bahadur, rejected the bail plea of Muhammad Hanif Abbasi and adjourned hearing the case till September 2. Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) had submitted the challan to the CNS court and declared Abbasi, his brother and five employees of Grey Pharmaceuticals as the accused. Earlier, the indictment was delayed due to the lawyers’ strike.
Abbasi is accused of misappropriating 500kg of the controlled chemical ephedrine, obtained in 2010, and was allegedly selling it to narcotics smugglers. The charge sheet also included the statements of two officials of Arafaat Traders, a Karachi-based medicine distribution company to whom Abbasi claimed to have supplied 11,000 ephedrine-containing tablets. ANF had registered the case against the co-accused in June 2012. However, in November 2012, Abbasi obtained a bail from the LHC Rawalpindi Bench.

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