LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Tuesday adjourned until April 16 the hearing of a bail application filed by Tariq Nawaz, accused of a fraud case, due to non-appearance of the counsel of Federal Investigation Agency.

A division bench of the LHC headed by Justice Anwarul Haq took up the application but put it off when the bench was informed that FIA counsel was not present in the court, upon which the case was adjourned.

The counsel of the accused Advocate Irfan submitted that FIA was intentionally victimising Tariq Nawaz, his client, and had registered an FIR 54/14 under section 420, 468, 471 and 477A of Pakistan Penal Code against him.

The counsel of the accused said that the case registered against Tariq Nawaz, accused of a fraud with N J Garment Company, did not fall in the jurisdiction of the Federal Investigation Agency but it had done it which showed malafide intention on the part of the agency.

The counsel further told the judge that FIA was also not appearing before the banking court concerned. He also submitted that a counsel of the FIA met Banking Court Judge Rana Abdul Rasheed along with the counsel of complainant and got the case adjourned. His arguments were not heard, he said. An application had also been moved to Inspection Team against Judge Rana Abdur Rasheed for ignoring the accused’s arguments.

The counsel also told the judge that FIA Deputy Director Rao Munir met his client in the jail on March 24 and threatened him that he would not let him live respectably and would implicate him. He said that how a deputy director entered into a jail to specially talk to an accused.   

The petitioner through his counsel prayed to the court to direct the FIA to quash the FIR registered against him and release him on bail.