| GEO Pakistan|
| Hearing on Malik’s exemption from appearance’s plea adjourned|
| Updated at: 1252 PST, Tuesday, January 12, 2010|
RAWALPINDI: A Rawalpindi Accountability Court has adjourned the hearing till February 2, on the petition filed from interior minister Rehman Malik seeking exemption from appearance in court during proceedings of graft case, due to absence of NAB counsel on Tuesday, Geo news reported.
Earlier, the accountability court on Friday issued notices for January 30 to the special public prosecutor and the deputy prosecutor general of the National Accountability Bureau on the application of Interior Minister Rehman Malik.
Malik – seeking acquittal in a graft case – was booked on charges of misusing his position as the FIA DG during Benazir Bhutto’s last tenure, securing a quota of Bitumen from the Pakistan National Refinery at a concessional rate, causing a loss to the national exchequer.
Malik’s counsel, advocate Khawaja Naveed had filed an application under Section 265k of the Criminal Procedure Code stating that all the co-accused had been acquitted and no evidence was available against the interior minister.
After hearing the petitioners’ counsel, an accountability court judge issued notices to the government lawyer for January 30.