Khokhar bros get bail in land grabbing case
LAHORE: A sessions court on Tuesday granted interim bail to Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) MNA Afzal Khokhar, MPA Saiful Malook and their brother Shafi Khokhar in a case pertaining to illegal occupation of land.
Additional and sessions judge Shehzad Raza approved bail for the Khokhar brothers against a surety of Rs50, 000 each. The Nawab Town police had registered a first information report (FIR) against them on charges of land grabbing.
The court directed the police to submit a progress report in the case on the next hearing on Jan 19.
Earlier, on Jan 6, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar ordered the AntiCorruption Establishment (ACE) to bring an end to the illegal occupation of land by Khokhar Palace in Lahore.
A two-judge bench headed by the chief justice was hearing a suo moto case at the Lahore registry on alleged encroachment by the Khokhar brothers.
The top judge had earlier taken notice of a complaint made against the Khokhar brothers by an overseas Pakistani who accused them of illegally occupying his land and building Khokhar Palace there.
On Dec 25, Afzal was taken into custody from the Lahore registry but was released on post-arrest bail by a judicial magistrate the next day. According to a report submitted by the ACE, the Khokhar brothers have encroached upon 40 kanals of land in Nawab Town. - NNI