Rana Sanaullah Was Unable To Appear Before A Special Court
Due to the ongoing budget session in Islamabad, Rana Sanaullah, the interior minister, was unable to appear before a special court for the control of narcotic substances in Lahore on Saturday, delaying his indictment in a narcotics case. He will now appear before the court on July 23.
The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF), which asserted that it had found 15kg of heroin in his vehicle, arrested Sanaullah in the case in July 2019 during the previous administration.
The Interior Minister Would Face Prosecution
The court had previously announced that the interior minister would face prosecution on June 25 (today).
However, Sanauallah did not show up for the hearing today, according to his attorneys, who claimed that the interior minister was preoccupied with the National Assembly’s annual budget session.
Sanaullah Was Therefore Excused From The Hearing
Sanaullah was therefore excused from the hearing for one day and summoned to the subsequent one on July 23.
At today’s session, additional suspects in the case were present.
On July 1, 2019, Sanaullah was detained by the ANF Lahore team as he was driving from Faisalabad to Lahore close to the Ravi Toll Plaza. He was charged with having 15 kg of heroin in his automobile. The PML-N leader’s chauffeur and security personnel were among the additional five people detained.
Under Section 9(C) of the Control of Narcotic Substances Act 1997, which entails a death sentence, life in prison, or a sentence that might last 14 years in jail, as well as a fine of up to Rs1 million, a first information report was filed.
He was twice denied bail by the trial court, but on December 24, 2019, the Lahore High Court granted him liberty.