Sindh

CJ Sends Sharjeel Memon Back To Jail

The chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar ordered that former provincial minister Sharjeel Inam Memon to be returned to jail from a medical facility he was being held in.
“The court did not allow Memon to be transferred to a hospital,” Justice Nisar told Magan when the latter insisted that the former Sindh information minister had been admitted on doctors’ recommendations.
After his arrest from the SHC in October last year, Memon had appealed that a medical board be formed to examine him since his health was deteriorating. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) ordered that a medical board comprising a neurologist and a neurophysician among other specialists be formed to determine if Memon can be treated at the Karachi Central Jail’s own hospital or not.
Taking the medical report prepared by the medical board formed by NAB, the chief justice today pointed out that the report had only recommended a few medical tests. The board had also recommended that Memon should be treated in the jail hospital, the chief justice said.
“Who ordered you to transfer him [Memon] to a medical facility?” Justice Nisar asked Magan. “Send him back to jail today.”
Notices were also issued to the medical board that examined Memon.
An accountability court in Karachi had on Thursday indicted Memon and 11 others in a corruption case pertaining to the award of advertisements at ‘exorbitant rates’ through the abuse of power.
NAB had filed a reference in 2016 against the former minister, the then provincial information secretary, deputy directors of the Sindh information department Mansoor Ahmed Rajput, Mohammed Yousuf Kaboro and others for allegedly committing corruption from 2013 to 2015 in awarding advertisements of the provincial government’s awareness campaigns in electronic media, causing a loss of around Rs3.27 billion to the national exchequer.