SC rules LHC’s directive to notify Hamza before his arrest is invalid

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The Supreme Court (SC) has ruled on Thursday that it was illegal for the Lahore High Court (LHC) to have informed the former chief minister of Punjab, Hamza Shehbaz before his arrest in the clean water, Ramzan Sugar Mills, and excess assets cases.

According to local media reports, a three-member court chaired by Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan presided over the hearing on the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) request against the ruling and declared it null and unlawful to serve as the panel’s chair.

According to the Supreme Court, there is no legal obligation that the accused be informed before their arrest and the decision to warn Hamza of his impending arrest in 10 days should not be viewed as a precedent by the courts.

The case was subsequently dismissed by the top court because the LHC’s order was invalid.

It’s important to remember that the LHC gave the former chief minister notice before his arrest in the clean water, Ramzan Sugar Mills, and excess assets cases.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz were previously exonerated in the Rs16 billion money laundering case by a special central court.

FIA’s prosecutor had granted the PM and his son the all-clear by stating that the record demonstrated that neither the money had ever been deposited into nor immediately taken out of Shehbaz and Hamza’s bank accounts.

The FIA’s response to the judge’s inquiries about evidence of the transaction of the amounts, if made on their instructions, was that there isn’t any evidence that could substantiate it.

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