PESHAWAR, 28 April: The Peshawar High Court on Thursday accepted a petition filed by former chief minister Ameer Haider Hoti’s special assistant Syed Masoom Shah challenging the dismissal of his plea bargain by an accountability court.

Masoom Shah was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau on charges of accumulating assets worth billions of rupees which were disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Following his arrest, he offered NAB authorities of voluntarily returning Rs258 million. His plea was approved by the NAB high ups following which a petition was filed with the accountability court for the approval of the plea bargain. The accountability court judge rejected the plea and raised objections over it.

Masoom Shah then challenged the decision in the high court through his lawyers Barrister Zahoor ul Haq Barrister Waqar Ali.

A two-member high court bench comprising Chief Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel and Justice Younis Taheem after hearing arguments accepted his petition and issued a notice to NAB asking it to submit a reply till Tuesday.