Nawaz’s plea for bail on medical grounds rejected

26 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court on Monday rejected a petition seeking release of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on bail on medical grounds in the Al-Azizia corruption case, reports Dawn. 

An IHC bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani announced the short order in the open court, saying the petition for bail on medical grounds lacked merit.

The 9-page detailed order notes that Sharif sought his release on bail “solely” on medical grounds. It points out that the former premier had previously filed a second petition seeking suspension of his sentence and release on bail on merits of the case, but subsequently withdrew the same.

While observing that the court has the jurisdiction to suspend a sentence or to release a prisoner on bail (whether under trial or convicted) under Article 199 of the Constitution, the order says: “However, such jurisdiction is to be exercised sparingly, in extraordinary circumstances and in cases of extreme hardship.”