Court grants FIA five-day physical remand of Shahid Masood in the corruption case

The suspect did not surrender himself. A few things are still left to be investigated.

A local court in Rawalpindi on Saturday allowed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) a five-day physical remand of Dr. Shahid Masood for further investigation.

The decision was earlier saved by the court.

FIA had arrested Dr. Shahid Masood on Friday from the premises Islamabad High Court (IHC) after his pre-arrest bail request was rejected. The investigative agency had asked the court for a 10-day remand.
During the hearing presided by Judge Amir Aziz, Masood’s counsel claimed that a day’s remand would be sufficient for the case.

“What is the need for a 10-day physical remand? More than 24-hour remand should not be given,” Masood’s lawyer Shah Khawar said.

Additionally, the counsel for the agency expressed that as the accused did not surrender willingly to the authorities, the remand ought to be for a longer duration.

“The suspect did not surrender himself. A few things are still left to be investigated,” the FIA official told the court.

The legal advisor that represented Pakistan Television (PTV) additionally displayed reports in the record of IHC. The court at that point affirmed a five-day physical remand of the anchor and requested the FIA to present a report in regards to its investigation concerning the defilement case. The court also instructed that the medical report of the accused anchor to be displayed at the following hearing. The judge further ordered the hearing of the case to be deferred till November 28.

Masood is accused of being involved in the embezzlement of Rs37 million during his tenure as managing director of PTV and accused of allotting contracts to a fake company.