Senior journalist and renowned TV anchor Dr. Shahid Masood has been released from jail after Supreme Court approved his bail for the PTV corruption case.
Justice Manzoor Ahmed of the Apex Court, while hearing the bail plea, observed that all three suspects named in the case are already on bail, why has Dr. Shahid’s plea remained unheeded?
The two-member bench led by Justice Manzoor then released the senior journalist against bail bonds worth Rs. 500,000.
This is the first time in recent history that a well-known media person has spent over two months in jail without even being convicted for a case.
Several politicians and media persons had voiced their concerns in his favor stating that when known embezzlers like Asif Ali Zardari and Faryal Talpur can be released on bail, why can’t he be released?
On December 21, the FIA prosecutor clarified in the high court that they have failed to find any evidence of corruption against Dr. Shahid, the court, however, ordered a fresh inquiry and rejected his bail.
How Did It Happen?
On November 23, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested the TV anchor from outside Islamabad High Court, after the court rejected his pre-arrest bail plea.
What’s the Case?
Dr. Shahid Masood was PTV’s head during the last days of President Musharraf’s regime. The renowned political analyst is under investigation of embezzlement of funds worth Rs. 38 million
He is alleged to have signed an agreement with a fake company to obtain the media rights for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which caused the state-owned television channel a huge loss.
Dr. Shahid’s Version
However, Dr. Masood vehemently denies any involvement in the case as he claims that the case was made against him years after he left PTV, just because he started to expose the corruption in the state-run TV channel.