KARACHI: A federal anti-corruption court here on Monday granted interim pre-arrest bail to former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani until Oct 12 in a multi-billion rupee scam case in the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP).
Gilani and PPP leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim, along with certain former and serving officials of TDAP, were booked for their alleged involvement in the approval and disbursement of fraudulent trade subsidies worth billions of rupees to several fake companies through fictitious claims and backdated cheques during the PPP’s latest tenure at the centre.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had registered 23 FIRs in the case against Gilani. The former prime minister was granted bail in 12 of these cases last year while he was granted interim pre-arrest bail in 11 cases until Oct 12 on Monday (today).
Accompanied by supporters, Gilani appeared before the anti-corruption court today — the last day of his protective bail granted by the Islamabad High Court.
His counsel, Farooq H. Naek, had moved pre-arrest bail applications in court contending that the same allegation had been levelled against his client in 12 cases relating to the TDAP scandal.
The court granted him interim pre-arrest bail in 11 cases until Oct 12 against a surety bond of Rs100,000 each.
A large number of PPP loyalists gathered outside the court and showered rose petals upon Gilani after he was granted pre-arrest bail.
Talking to media representatives outside the court, Gilani termed the approval of his pre-arrest bail a “moral victory”.
He said he respected the courts and would continue to do so.
The anti-corruption court had on Aug 28 ordered the arrest of Gilani, Makhdoom Amin Fahim and others.
Around 70 cases pertaining to a trade subsidy scam against two former chairmen, the former chief executive and other senior officials of TDAP and other individuals are pending before the same court. Gilani and Fahim were charge-sheeted in 12 of these cases last year, but both obtained bail.
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