Axact fake degree case: IHC orders Shoaib Sheikh to appear on every hearing

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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) while expressing resentment over delay in Axact fake degree case has ordered Shoaib Sheikh to appear in every hearing of the case.

The appeal pleas against the conviction of Shoaib Sheikh and others and application from FIA seeking withdrawal of suspension of conviction of Shoaib Sheikh and others came up for hearing before the court Wednesday

FIA prosecutor told the court he does not come on two hearings and then he comes when warrant is issued.

The court remarked it is a criminal matter. Appeal is running since the last four to five years. He is playing hide and seek with the court. We do so that we withdraw bail and send him to jail. Then we fix the case for 2031.

The case came up for hearing before Chief Justice (CJ) IHC Aamer Farooq.

The lawyer Latif Khosa told the court order was issued on previous hearing that Shoaib Sheikh should appear. The court should grant exemption to Shoaib Sheikh from next hearing.

The court inquired “ tell us why these appeal pleas are lying pending since the last four years.

FIA prosecutor told the court he was awarded punishment by the court on July 05, 2018 and he fled the court. He fled the court when his bail plea was dismissed. He surrendered on September 28, 2018. Then notices were issued in this matter. The conviction was suspended on October 23, 2018.

The court directed the counsel for Sheikh Shoaib “ decide who has to argue. I have written in Maryam Nawaz case that pending cases are stain on our system.

The court ordered Shoaib Sheikh to appear on every hearing.

The FIA prosecutor tried repeatedly to talk during the hearing of the case. The court expressed its annoyance over it.

The court while issuing notice on the plea of Shoaib Sheikh seeking permanent exemption from the attendance adjourned the hearing of the case till next hearing.