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Islamabad High Court orders Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry’s release in NAB case

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday granted bail to former information minister Fawad Ahmed Chaudhary in the case of misappropriation in construction projects in Jhelum.The court, approving the politician's bail, issued the orders during the hearing of the case in which Fawad Chaudhry was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in December last year.IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri granted bail to the politician who remains imprisoned in Adiala Jail on judicial remand in the said case.His lawyer, Advocate Qaiser Imam, appeared in the court on his behalf.During the hearing of Fawad Chaudhry's plea, the NAB prosecutor said: 'We have a witness who says that Fawad Chaudhary took a bribe of Rs500,000.'The IHC chief justice asked him how does Rs500,000 come under the jurisdiction of NAB.The prosecutor responded saying that the case is still at an inquiry stage and NAB is getting more details. 'I have written to all relevant institutions incl uding the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC),' the prosecutor.The chief justice questioned that NAB first arrested the man and later sought evidence. 'What is the main evidence against Fawad Chaudhary with NAB?' CJ Aamer Farooq asked.The IHC chief justice got upset after the NAB prosecutor referred to the Supreme Court's verdict. 'Leave the Supreme Court, mention the evidence first,' he remarked.NAB had taken Fawad Chaudhry into custody in aforementioned corruption case on December 16. The anti-graft body's Chairman Lt-Gen (retd) Nazir Ahmed Butt had signed an arrest warrant for Fawad after which he was taken into custody from Adiala jail - where he was incarcerated in the fraud case.