ISLAMABAD: Son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Ali Musa Gilani, was arrested on Friday from the gate of the Supreme Court in connection with the ephedrine quota case, DawnNews reported.
Sources said personnel from the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) took Musa Gilani into custody when he arrived at the apex court’s gate to appear for the hearing in the ephedrine quota case, adding that, Musa Gilani offered resistance when ANF personnel tried to take him into custody.
Soon after, the Supreme Court directed the authorities to produce Musa Gilani within 30 minutes time.
Ali Musa Gilani’s lawyer, Dr Khalid Ranjha while talking to media persons outside the Supreme Court, after his clients arrests, and said that Musa Gilani had arrived at the court to appear for the hearing and his arrest at the Supreme Court premises’ gate was tantamount to contempt of court, demanding that the apex court take suo motu notice of his arrest.
Earlier last week, the ANF had declared Musa Gilani as one of the absconders in its fourth challan submitted to the Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) court in connection with the ephedrine case.
The ANF challan said former director general of health Dr Asad Hafeez misused his authority in allocation and local sale conversion of 2,500 kilograms ephedrine to two pharmaceutical companies – Berlex Lab International and Danas Pharmaceutical.
Musa’s name, along with the names of Makhdoom Shahab and Khushnood Lashari, was included in the challan’s accused column.
Moreover, former director general of health Dr Rasheed Juma, who had been declared an approver in the case, had alleged that Musa Gilani and Khushnood Lashari had pressurised him to allocate 6,000 kilograms of ephedrine to Berlex Lab.
The former prime minister’s son was declared absconder after the Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court dismissed his pre-arrest bail petitions in the ephedrine scam.