QUETTA - The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has set aside the Balochistan High Court orders under which a bail was granted to Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) leader Shahzain Bugti and his 27 accomplices.

Shahzain Bugti, the grandson of Nawab Akbar Bugti, was arrested along with his 27 guards on December 22, 2010, when Frontier Corps (FC) intercepted his convoy near Buleli Checkpost in Quetta and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition. The security forces also recovered 50 Kalashnikovs, 46,000 rounds and anti-aircraft guns.

However, Shahzain Bugti and his accomplices were released after their bail pleas were accepted by the Balochistan High Court (BHC).

The lawyer of Shahzain Bugti, WN Kohli, said that his client was implicated in fake charges.

He said some elements wanted to bar him from holding a long march from Quetta to Dera Bugti for the rehabilitation of Bugti Internally Displaced People (IDPs).

However, Prosecutor General Muhammad Wasey Tareen said that the security forces intercepted the convoy of Shahzain Bugti on a tip-off about smuggling of arms and ammunition in a large quantity from Afghanistan to Quetta.

The Supreme Court bench on Tuesday, after hearing the arguments made by the prosecutor general and counsel for Shahzain Bugti, set aside the bails orders of the high court.