Dr Shahid Masood’s plea for pre-arrest bail in PTV corruption case rejected by court


Islamabad, Oct 25 (TNS): A sessions court on Thursday rejected an application for pre-arrest bail filed by Dr Shahid Masood, a TV anchorperson and former chairman of Pakistan Television, in a case regarding his alleged involvement in embezzlement of Rs38 million.

According to the prosecution, Dr Masood had signed an agreement with a fake company to negotiate with the Pakistan Cricket Board for grant of rights to the PTV for coverage of matches played in Pakistan. Because of the agreement, the PTV had to face heavy losses.

The Islamabad District Court had in June had issued non-bailable warrants for Dr Masood’s arrest on a request of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). He had subsequently appeared before the court and obtained an interim bail.

However, Additional District and Sessions Judge Kamran Basharat Mufti rejected the anchorperson’s application for confirmation of his interim pre-arrest bail.

The judge directed the authorities to arrest Dr Masood and present him before the court.