KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is expected to produce former Sindh information minister Sharjeel Memon in an accountability court today.
On Monday, after being holed up for hours in the Sindh High Court following his bail dismissal in a corruption case. Memon was taken into custody by the NAB.
The former minister was escorted from the court premises by Rangers and NAB personnel and was surrounded by his lawyers and other supporters. As he was leaving the court, resistance was offered by his supporters leading to an exchange of hot words with NAB officials.
Eleven other accused in the case were also arrested by the bureau.
Memon was shifted to NAB headquarters Sindh after being escorted from the court.
“The accused persons are charged for embezzlement of Rs. 5,766,479,766 purportedly paid to seven advertising agencies for awareness campaigns between 2013 and 2015,” said a press release by NAB.
Memon was attempting to avoid being arrested by NAB after the cancellation of his bail extension plea by the Sindh High court earlier on Monday.
The suspects are accused of corruption worth Rs5.76 billion in the award of advertisements of the Sindh government’s awareness campaigns in the electronic media.
Memon, who returned to Pakistan in March this year after ending his near two-year-long self-imposed exile, was arrested on his arrival by NAB but later obtained bail.
The other accused in the case include bureaucrats, officials of the information department and members of private advertising agencies.
Memon claims the charges against him are politically motivated.