Fearing possible arrest by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the Bahria Town Icon Tower land allotment matter, former chief minister of Sindh Sayed Qaim Ali Shah approached the Sindh High Court (SHC) for obtaining protective bail here on Friday.
Qaim Ali Shah stated that he got information through a TV channel that Secretary Sajjad Abbasi had become a witness of NAB in Icon Tower land allotment matter.
“It is said that Abbasi has become witness against me and others,” he said.
“I am ready to go to Islamabad on relevant forum, but it is possible that NAB might arrest me after leaving Karachi,” Shah said.
He requested the court for approval of protective bail for 21 days.
The court, however, approved protective bail plea of ex-CM for 10 days against the surety of Rs5 million.
On Thursday, an accountability court in Islamabad released Sajjad Abbasi after he agreed to become NAB’s witness in the Bahria Town Icon Tower case against former president Asif Ali Zardari and businessman Malik Riaz.
Sajjad Abbasi, who was working as the works and services secretary, was arrested in June for his alleged involvement in the case.
In a statement to the court, he said that he sold an amenity plot to Dr. Dinshaw Anklesaria, who was linked to Zardari, while he was working as the executive district officer for the revenue department.
He claimed that Dr. Anklesaria then sold that plot to Bahria Town’s Riaz. The plot is where Bahria Town’s Icon Tower has been constructed now.
He claimed that former CM Shah had signed the summary for it five minutes after becoming chief minister for the second time in 2013.