Islamabad-The Islamabad High Court yesterday reserved its verdict on a bail plea of Iftikhar Haidri, an official of Capital Development Authority (CDA) who was arrested by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for allegedly receiving four million rupees from the owner of an Islamabad mall as bribe.

A division bench of IHC comprising Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani reserved the judgement after hearing arguments of both the sides in post-arrest bail application of accused Iftikhar on medical grounds.

Earlier, an IHC division bench had dismissed Haidri’s bail application in March this year and later, he filed fresh application on medical grounds.

The counsel for Haidri informed the court that his client is seriously ill in jail and doctors have advised him to undergo a surgery. He requested the court to grant post-arrest bail to his client on medical grounds.

He maintained that this is a case of four million rupees that does not come under NAB’s jurisdiction. The NAB can only investigate the matter worth more than Rs 100 million.

On the other hand, a NAB prosecutor contended that nowhere in Haidri’s medical report is mentioned that he is suffering from a fatal disease and the accused has provided with adequate medical facilities inside jail.

Previously when Haidri’s bail application was turned down in March, a national accountability bureau (NAB) prosecutor had told the IHC bench that Haidri was arrested at the spot when he was receiving the bribe money and cash, prize bonds and some other precious items were recovered from his possession.

The authorities of NAB on November 30, 2015 had 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.