KARACHI - Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday granted interim bail to former chairman of Pakistan Steel, Usman Farooqi, on security of Rs one million. The hearing was adjourned till January 5. The division bench of SHC comprised Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Irfan Sahadat Awan conducted the hearing on Farooquis bail before arrest application in NAB reference. His counsel argued that the accountability court had proceeded the court trials against him along with other accused in the same corruption charges, but nothing was proved against them. The court had acquitted them from the case and the corruption cases against him were baseless. National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had mentioned in its reference that the purchases and other dealings in which Pakistan Steel suffered with loses were approved by the ministry concerned. Therefore, there was no connection of his client regarding such dealings and purchasing. The accountability court found him innocent in the corruption charges. The counsel further submitted that his client has been suffering with heart disease as his heart surgery has been operated recently. Though the accountability court has issued his summon orders to appear before the court in NAB reference. He had concerns that he may be arrested therefore an application has been moved to the high court. The accountability court had acquitted him from the corruption case and losses of Rs157 million to the national treasury. His case has been revived by the accountability court on the recent order of Supreme Court to abolish National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). The brother of Presidents principle secretary, Salman Farooqi, has accused of corruption along with other co-accused of the case Khawaja Qadeer, Khawaja Naseer and others who had been acquitted before the implementation of NRO. Similarly, the same bench has granted interim bail to the former DGM of Port Qasim, Sahib Dad Mengal, till January 5 on the security of Rs0.5 million. The DMG filed an application of bail before arrest on NAB reference No 10 through Masooda Qureshi advocate by submitting that her client had been under trial but the prosecution had failed in proving him guilty in the corruption case. Therefore the NAB action to reopen the case against him was illogical and irrational. The former Port Qasim official had been charged from NAB for corruption and from exceeding from his authority. He allegedly provided contract of RCC pipelines as well as other constructions. On the other side, the full bench of Sindh High Court directed the provincial government to submit the comments over petition for not issuing the appointment orders in the education department in the next hearing to be held on January 21. Secretary Education Rizwan Memon appeared before the bench comprised Justice Maqbool Baqar, Sajjad Ali Shah and Shahid Anwar Bajwa by submitting that there are still several posts remained vacant in education department. In this regard the department has sent a summery to chief minister Sindh seeking approval to compensate the candidates in other sections of the department. On the occasion, Additional Advocate General Fateh Muhammad Malik requested the court of granting him further time to submit the comments on behalf of the government. Abdul Salam, Manzoor Hussain Panwar along with 50 others moved a constitutional petition by saying that they had been appointed in the last regime on merit. But the current provincial government, soon after taking the office, has denied issuing their appointment orders. The petitioners have made respondents to provincial government and education department.