11:50 AM | October 23, 2017

Former Sindh information minister Sharjeel Memon was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday evening, after hours of being holed up in court premises.

The former minister was escorted from the court premises by Rangers and NAB personnel and was surrounded by his lawyers and other supporters. As he was leaving the court, resistance was offered by his supporters leading to an exchange of hot words with NAB officials.

Memon’s lawyers had advised him to hand himself over to NAB officials.

Some of the other accused in the case were also arrested by the NAB. The former information minister is expected to be produced before an accountability court on Tuesday.

Memon was shifted to NAB headquarters, Sindh, after being escorted from the court.

Memon was attempting to avoid being arrested by NAB after the cancellation of his bail extension plea by the Sindh High court earlier on Monday.

The SHC rejected the bail pleas of Memon and 12 others in a graft case.

Hearing the Rs5.76 billion corruption case, filed by NAB, SHC Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Shaikh dismissed the request of the suspects to extend their bails in the case.

Following the bail dismissal, NAB officials were waiting outside the court, along with the Rangers, to take the accused into custody.

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