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Sharif moves SC against 'illegal' filing of multiple NAB cases

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistans ousted prime minister today filed a in the Supreme Court, challenging the filing of multiple graft cases against him by the country's anti-corruption watchdog.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has registered three cases of corruption and money laundering against 67- year-old Sharif, his family members and Minister Ishaq Dar in the Accountability

The cases were registered weeks after the Supreme disqualified Sharif as prime minister on July 28 in the Panama Papers scandal.

In the petition, Sharifs lawyer Muhammad Kassim Mir Jat requests the to order NAB to file a consolidated case as the filing of three separate cases is "illegal, and violative of and the Constitution, besides being violative of his (Sharif's) fundamental rights".

He maintained that the multiple cases were "violative of his (Sharif's) fundamental rights" under the constitution as all the cases deal with one accusation about making assets beyond known means of income.

"The filing of multiple references against an accused for the same alleged offence exposes him to double punishment, according to the

The also urges the court to suspend proceedings in the accountability court.

It is so far not clear when the Supreme Court would take up the petitions but any intervention at this stage would be a major relief for Sharif.

The accountability court today postponed the indictment of Sharif, his daughter and son-in-in the Panama Papers case till October 19 after the PML-N lawyers and supporters tried to barge into the courtroom.

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First Published: Fri, October 13 2017. 23:28 IST