RAWALPINDI - Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi Bench on Wednesday reserved its judgement on the bail pleas of Syed Ali Musa Gilani, son of former Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, and former Federal Health Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin in Ephedrine smuggling case.

The court also rejected the application filed by Syed Ali Musa Gilani praying to the court to cast off the statements of former Director General (DG) Health Dr Rasheed Juma and former Director of a Pharma Company Rizwan Khan, the two approvers in Ephedrine quota allocation scam.

Musa Gilani prayed to the court to discard the statements of the two approvers in controlled chemical case.

Justice Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmed and Justice Ibadur Rehman Lodhi of the LHC’s Rawalpindi Bench reserved their verdict and dismissed the application filed by the son of former Prime Minister Gilani.

Former DG Health Dr Juma, while recording his statement before ANF investigators, accused Syed Ali Musa Gilani and Makhdoom Shahabuddin of pressuring him to allocate unlawful quota of 9,000 kg Ephedrine to Danas Pharmaceutical and Berlex pharmaceutical in 2010.

Rizwan has revealed that the allocated quota was smuggled to Iran from Balochistan after the two companies sold Ephedrine to the smugglers against Rs 7 billion.

Challenging the legal status of the two accused turned approvers, Advocate Dr Khalid Ranjah said under the procedural laws the approvers should have been arrested and sent to jail on judicial custody before they consented to become approvers.

In the case of Dr Juma and Rizwan Khan they got interim pre-arrest bails and consented to become approvers against the other accused and later withdrew their bail pleas as they were cited as prosecution witnesses by Anti-Narcotics Force, he said.

LHC Rawalpindi Bench, while dismissing the plea, observed that the court had already allowed the two approvers to appear before the trial court and record their statements as prosecution witnesses and the bench could not give divergent view in the same matter.

Arguing for the bails, the lawyers of Ali Musa Gilani and Makhdoom Shahabuddin said that the Ephedrine was not included in the list of narcotics and the case could not be investigated by the ANF.

“They were not nominated in the FIR that was registered after the delay for over one year and the ANF had no other evidence than the statements of the two approvers who stated it under the State pressure.” As for as allocation of huge quantity of the Ephedrine was concerned there were other pharmaceutical companies that were granted much bigger allocation but no action was taken against them, argued the lawyers.

The two companies were involved in the case only to rope in these two political figures as the ANF obtained the warrants for arrest for Shahabuddin the day he was to submit his nomination papers for the seat of PM.

On the other hand, ANF Prosecutors Waseem said that the two men were involved in the process of allocating the illegal and huge quota of the Ephedrine.

The prosecutor said that there were other witnesses against the two men that included officials of Federal Health Ministry.

LHC Rawalpindi Bench Justice Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmed and Justice Ibadur Rehman Lodhi, after hearing the arguments, ordered both sides to wait for the orders and reserved the verdict.