PESHAWAR - The accountability Court has dismissed the petition regarding release of Awami National Party Senior Leader and Advisor to former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Syed Masoom Shah through plea bargaining of paying 2.5 million rupees on Thursday.

During the course of hearing, the accountability judge Ibrahim Khan dismissed the plea bargaining appeal of the accused party due to unsatisfactory answers of eight questions asked by the accountability court. Earlier, National Accountability Bureau submitted the application for confirmation of the plea bargaining but the accused party failed to reply the questions. On the other hand another petition filed by a person to launch enquiry against Syed Masoom Shah under Ehtissab Commission was dismissed and the court observed that the case is already filed in the accountability court.

It is pertinent to mention that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa arrested Syed Masoom Shah on the charges of corruption and accumulation of assets beyond his known sources of income.

Syed Masoom Shah was affiliated with the Awami National Party (ANP) and remained active as an advisor to Ameer Haider Khan, the then KP Chief Minister.

The accused remained public office holder during 2001 to 2005 as tehsil nazim of Shabqadar in Charsadda district and as Special Assistant to the then Chief Minister of KPK from 2010 to 2013. NAB said that his properties included a house and hujra on 12 kanal of land in Battagram village in Charsadda district, two precious plots of land in Hayatabad, Peshawar, two plots of land in Regi Model Town, also in Peshawar, and two plots of land in Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Karachi.