A Pakistani court on Tuesday granted pre-arrest bail to Interior Minister Rehman Malik, whose legal woes have increased after the Lahore High Court, upheld two prison terms awarded to him in connection with two graft cases.
A single-judge bench of the Sindh High Court granted pre-arrest bail to Malik against a surety of Rs 1 lakh.
The judge heard Malik's petition for bail in his chambers.
Malik sought bail, as he feared he would be arrested when he appeared in a Rawalpindi-based anti-corruption court to defend himself in two cases dating back to the 1990s.
In one case, Malik was accused of receiving two luxury cars as graft.
In the second case, he was accused of taking away 20 tolas of gold and Rs 700,000 from the house of a suspect during a raid by the Federal Investigation Agency in the mid-1990s.
Malik was then an assistant director of the FIA.
The Lahore High Court on Monday upheld two three-year prison terms awarded to Malik by the anti-corruption court for failing to appear before it during the hearing of the two cases.
President Asif Ali Zardari came to Malik's rescue by remitting the two prison sentences. Zardari used his constitutional powers to remit the sentences and grant a pardon to Malik late last night.
The anti-corruption court is expected to begin hearing the charges against Malik shortly.