Islamabad - The Islamabad High Court yesterday turned down bail after arrest plea of a deputy director of Capital Development Authority Iftikhar Haidri in a graft case.

A division bench of IHC comprising Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi and Justice Athar Minallah dismissed the bail plea of Haidri who was booked by NAB authorities for allegedly receiving Rs 4 million bribe from a Mall owner of Islamabad.

A prosecutor of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Sardar Muzaffar informed the court that Haidri was arrested on the spot when he was receiving the bribe that was recovered from his possession.

It was November 30, 2015 when NAB officials raided a restaurant where allegedly the CDA Deputy Director Haidri was receiving bribe against some illegitimate favours that were to be extended to the mall owner Rana Abdul Qayyum.

The NAB prosecutor told the court that the accountability bureau would file a corruption reference against Haidri in a couple of days. He added that NAB arrested the accused on the written application of the mall owner. Iftikhar Haidri moved the petition seeking bail after arrest through his counsel Babar Awan Advocate and contended before the IHC that the mall owner used him to achieve illegitimate objectives and later he in connivance with the authorities made him arrested. The counsel for the petitioner had argued that Rana Qayyum was a defaulter of CDA for the outstanding payment of more than Rs 40.5 million up to 2013 for the plot number 5 located in Sector F-7 Markaz. Advocate Awan further argued that the NAB authorities do not have powers to conduct a raid to any place and the case was also not registered through a proper investigation agency like police or FIA.

After hearing the arguments of both the sides, the IHC dual bench dismissed the bail application.

Meanwhile, a Patwari (revenue official) of Islamabad moved the IHC alleging that NAB officials were harassing him to obtain illegal monetary benefits.

Revenue official Muhammad Ashraf contended before the IHC that NAB in 2009 had initiated an inquiry against him under the garb of assets beyond known sources of income.

“I was cleared in the inquiry but NAB officials had obtained a plot and cash amount from me as bribe against my exoneration. Now, NAB once again has started inquiry against me,” said the revenue official.

The petitioner nominated director general NAB and other officials of the bureau as respondents and prayed to the court to stop NAB from inquiring in a matter where proceedings were already done and closed.

He further prayed to initiate proceedings against the NAB officials who were involved in bribery.