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Pak high court approves Sharif's appeal to transfer pending graft cases to other courts

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

A top today approved an application seeking transfer of pending corruption cases against jailed former Sharif and his two sons to any other court, according to

A division bench of the High Court (IHC), comprising Justice and Justice Miangul Hassan, issued the short order they had reserved earlier today, the Express Tribune reported.

During the course of hearings, the deposed premier's had argued that the cases filed by the (NAB) against members had a common witness -- -- while the presiding of the accountability court, Muhammad Bashir, had already disclosed his opinion on crucial aspects in all three references.

Haris maintained that the had decided on 12 questions of fact in the July 6 judgment in Avenfield Apartment cases which were common in the remaining two cases; and Hill Metal Establishment and and other companies.

He requested the court to transfer the cases to a judge who can view the facts and propositions of law with a fresh perspective.

Arguing on different types of bias and interests of the trial court's judge, he said there was reasonable apprehension that the judge may have a conscious or unconscious pre-disposition on the factual aspects of the case which are common to all three cases and have been finally and conclusively decided in the Avenfield case, which may tend to prejudice the accused.

Haris' arguments, however, were opposed by NAB's

Requesting the court to keep the cases before the same accountability court in the interest of justice, he said that Judge Bashir was the senior-most in the subordinate judiciary of

He asserted that since the judge had heard all cases against Sharif, his daughter Maryam and her husband (retd) Safdar, the remaining cases should also be heard by him.

Sharif, 68, along with his daughter Maryam, 44 and his Capt (retd) are serving jail terms of 10-years, seven years and one year respectively in in Rawalpindi, after an accountability court convicted them on July 6 over the family's ownership of four luxury flats in

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 20:15 IST