LAHORE - The counsel for Interior Minister Rehman Malik secured a long time adjournment in NAB cases against the interior minister taking a plea that he (advocate) was ill and doctors had advised him rest for 14 days. Earlier, the court was conducting proceedings on daily basis and the minister was not being exempted from personal appearance despite all efforts on the part of his counsel. The special bench comprising Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif and Justice Waqar Hassan Mir was hearing an application of Interior Minister Rehman Malik seeking his exemption from personal appearance in the court in appeals proceedings against his conviction in two NAB references. In a high move appearing before the court, Ch Mustaq advocate submitted an application pleading that he (lawyer) was ill having eye infection and doctors had advised him not to do excessive court work. The court accepted the sickness application and adjourned the proceedings till April 15. Ch Mustaq advocate in his application narrated details of over six important cases in various courts of Lahore and Islamabad in which he has to appear as counsel and pleaded that case of Rehamn Malik being a old issue was not so much urgent and so it should be adjourned giving him time to take rest. He said two to three days proceedings and arguments are needed in the NAB case and he urgently needed rest. On Wednesday, the court had issued notice to the NAB for Thursday to submit reply on the Rehmans application for exemption. In 1997 the federal minister was granted bail after his conviction. On Tuesday, Ch Mustaq Advocate, counsel for the interior minister, had requested that Malik should be exempted permanently from his personal appearance in view of his official engagements. In the application Rehman Malik had taken a plea that he is going on a tour of China and Europe along with a delegation and it will not be possible for him to appear before the Lahore High Court on March 25 for hearing of cases. Thus the court issued notice to NAB so that the NAB authorities could be given a chance to present their point before deciding exemption application. One reference against Rehman Malik was registered by FIA on complaint of one Hashim Raza, a resident of Lahore. He alleged that Rehman Malik along with Muhammad Sajjad Haider, AD/FIA Islamabad and others raided his house in August 1994 and looted jewellery weighing 20 tolas and Rs7,00,000. The complainant further alleged that two persons in plainclothes snatched $20,000 from his brother when they transported him from Lahore Airport to FIA office on his (brothers) arrival from USA. In second reference Rehman Malik and others were accused of receiving two cars worth Rs17,98,000 from one Saleem Godial of Toyota Central Motors, Karachi as illegal gratification on account of purchase of official vehicles by FIA worth millions of rupees from Toyota Motors. Advocate Gaffran Khurshid, counsel for complainant Hashim Raza, had opposed the application for Rehmans exemption from appearance in the court.