ISLAMABAD A three-member bench of the Supreme Court on Monday expressed dismay over an application of Hamesh Khan, former president Bank of Punjab (BoP) and principal accused of Rs 9 billion loan scam, to the US government seeking an assurance of his fair trial in Pakistan. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday were members of the bench. The Chief Justice, while addressing the counsel for Hamesh Khan, said, Tell him to have confidence in this court. You are telling the world that you do not expect a fair trial from the highest court of your country. Why are you defaming your own country for personal petty interests, Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday observed. Sher Bahadar, Advisor to Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented the record comprising letters of the Ministry requesting the US government to hand over Hamesh Khan to Pakistan. Earlier, Hamesh Khan had filed an application before the Supreme Court requesting for an assurance from the court that he should be produced before it without handcuff. The court had assured that he would be given respect. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) informed the court that it was dispatching a team to bring Hamesh Khan back on May 14. Appearing on notice, Raja Aamir, Deputy Prosecutor NAB, informed the court that he himself was leaving tonight for New York to bring Hamesh Khan back. He said Hamesh Khan was under the custody of US State Department and waiting for his extradition. He said a request has been made to the US authorities for safe extradition of Hamesh Khan. Waheed A Sheikh, counsel for Hamesh Khan, requested the court to direct the NAB not to humiliate his client while bringing him back from the USA. The Chief Justice then said that Hamesh Khan should show confidence over the court. He told the court that his client had dispatched a letter to the US authorities, expressing apprehensions over his trial in Pakistan. On this, the Chief Justice observed, We are thankful to All Mighty Allah that there is a rule of law in this country. The Chief Justice further observed that the court had treated Sheikh Afzal, the main accused in Haris Steel Mills case, and his family with respect and held the fair trial. Why did your client send this application to the US government, didnt he trust us? The Chief Justice further remarked that after his arrival, Hamesh Khan has to be taken before a magistrate for his fair trial. Dont malign your country by dispatching such letters to foreign countries, Justice Ramday remarked. Khawaja Haris informed the court that he had completed the process of documentation of properties of the accused for the recovery of money. He said the bank had constituted a committee for disposal of properties. The details about the committee, Khawaja Haris said, would be given to the court on the next hearing. The Chief Justice directed Haris Steel Mills to ensure the process of disposing of the properties of Sheikh Afzal in a most transparent manner. The court later adjourned the hearing till May 14. Agencies adds: Pakistan has formally asked the United States for the extradition of the principle accused in Bank of Punjab (BoP) scam, former president BoP Hamesh Khan, which was confirmed by the US embassy spokesman on Monday, saying he had received a letter from the Pakistans Foreign Office in this regard. On the other hand, the Supreme Court has also been informed that Hamesh would return on May 14 after completion of extradition process in the United States. Hamesh, allegedly involved in Rs9 billion fraud, had fled the country in June last year despite the fact that his name was placed on the exit control list (ECL). US embassy Spokesman Richard Snelsire told a news agency that he received a letter from the Pakistan Foreign office on Sunday night, asking for Hameshs extradition, adding that the Foreign Office had also requested to take Hamesh into custody. The letter had of treating the accused fairly, stating that he would not be tortured. With this guarantee we are forwarding the letter to the Justice Department for further action, the spokesman said. The US embassy in Pakistan had earlier warned that Hamesh would possibly be released on May 14 by the American authorities if Islamabad failed to timely convey to Washington the assurance for fair handling of the former BoP president after his extradition to Pakistan. The former president of BoP had lost his case on March 14 in a Virginia court, which ordered his extradition. However, later following Hameshs appeal, Washington approached Islamabad to ensure that he would not be tortured and maltreated, and dealt fairly. The US Embassy approached the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on April 26, seeking the same assurance from the Government of Pakistan. Foreign Office sources said Pakistan had fulfilled all the legal requirements for Hameshs extradition. Meanwhile, NAB Chairman Naveed Ahsan has constituted a two-member team to bring Hamesh back to the country. The decision was made held at a high-level meeting with Naveed in chair after the Foreign Office written a letter to the US Embassy, sources said. The team comprising Deputy Prosecutor General Raja Amir Abbas and Punjab Deputy Director NAB Rizwan Khan would leave for the US after getting green single from the US State Department.