An accountability court in Lahore on Saturday conceded 10-day physical remand of PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the Ashiana Housing Scheme case.
The hearing today was initially planned to occur inside the judge’s chamber, yet was later moved to an open court following PML-N legal advisors’ dissent.
“I didn’t do anything unlawful,” Shahbaz was cited as saying amid the hearing. “[I] have dependably worked for the flourishing of this nation.
“We recuperated millions from the individuals who plundered [the country] and kept [the recoveries] in the national treasury,” he added.
A large number of PML-N workers gathered outside the court and chanted slogans against Prime Minister Imran Khan for taking “revenge” from the Sharif brothers.
Shahbaz is blamed for requesting the wiping out of an agreement given to fruitful bidder Chaudhry Latif and Sons for the Ashiana Housing Scheme, and building the consequent honor of the agreement to Lahore Casa Developers, an intermediary gathering of Paragon City Private Limited, bringing about lost Rs193 million to the exchequer.
In court today, Shahbaz’s insight Amjad Pervez appeared to legitimize the previous Punjab CM’s retraction of the said contract.
“Chaudhry Latif is an absconder in an enemy of defilement case,” Pervez said. “In one case, Chaudhry Latif’s organization is boycotted.”
Later on, in his full request, Judge Syed Najamul Hasan Bokhary expressed that Shahbaz’s advice had contradicted the NAB’s application for their customer’s physical remand refering to his collaboration with the examination and the way that “the trick depends on narrative proof”.
“This is the first physical remand of the accused and he has been served with grounds of arrest,” the court observed in the order. “Being white collar crime of mega corruption, the hidden aspects still have to be unearthed by joining the accused in the investigation … so the application is allowed.”
The court endorsed a remand of 10 days, and requested that Shahbaz be delivered under the watchful eye of the court again on October 16.