Ashiana scam: Court extends Shahbaz’s remand till Nov 24
lahore — An accountability court here on Saturday extended the physical remand of leader of opposition in National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif till November 24 in the Ashiana-eIqbal Housing scam. However, the court rejected the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) request for his physical remand in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case.
Earlier, NAB officials produced Shahbaz Sharif before accountability court judge Syed Najamul Hassan amid strict security on the expiry of his transit remand.
A NAB prosecutor submitted an investigation report and stated that since Shahbaz Sharif was busy attending a recent session of the National Assembly, no significant progress could be made in investigation during the remand period.
He pleaded with the court to extend the remand for another 15 days. He also submitted that Shahbaz Sharif had also been arrested in connection with the Ramzan Sugar Mills case and requested the court to grant a 15-day remand in the case.
Shahbaz’s counsel Amjad Pervaiz opposed the request, saying his client appeared before the NAB whenever summoned. He
claimed that Shahbaz completely cooperated with the bureau which had failed to provide any concrete evidence against him despite holding him on remand.
He requested the court to send Shahbaz to jail on judicial remand and opposed physical remand in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case.
“The law states that a man who has been arrested in one case will be considered arrested in other cases as well,” he added.
The court later extended the remand for another 14-day in the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing scam but rejected the NAB request for physical remand in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case. The court ordered NAB authorities to produce Shahbaz on expiry of remand term.
Strict security arrangements were made inside and outside the court premises on the occasion. Shahbaz’s son, Hamza Shahbaz, was also present in the court.
The NAB arrested Shahbaz Sharif on October 5, after he appeared
before a NAB team in the Saaf Pani corruption case at the accountability watchdog’s Lahore office.
Shahbaz was allegedly involved in corruption of Rs14 billion in the Ashiana housing scheme and Rs4 billion in the Punjab Saaf Pani Company scam.
Senior bureaucrat Fawad Hassan Fawad and Lahore Development Authority’s former director Ahad Cheema and others had already been arrested in connection with the housing scheme scam. — APP