KARACHI - An accountability court on Wednesday ordered that a medical board be created for PPP leader and member of Sindh Assembly Sharjeel Inam Memon, who remains in custody while investigators probe a corruption case against him and 11 others.

The board will comprise a neurologist and a neurophysician among other specialists and has been tasked with determining if Memon can be treated at the Karachi Central Jail’s own hospital or not.

Memon’s lawyer said he had no objections to the selection of any doctor to be on the medical board , but maintained that Memon cannot be treated at the jail’s medical facility.

The National Accountability Board’s prosecutor, on the other hand, objected to the formation of a medical board and said Memon is not suffering from any life threatening illness.

The court has ordered the board to determine if Memon’s ailment is life threatening or not. He has also given the health secretary till December 16 to submit a reply regarding the medical services available at the jail’s medical facility.

The ATC judge said contempt of court proceedings will commence against the health secretary if he fails to submit his reply on time.

On October 1, NAB had filed a reference against Memon and others for their involvement in the award of contracts for the Sindh government’s awareness campaigns to electronic media.

The former minister is accused of misappropriating funds of more than Rs5 billion.