Court extends judicial remand of Aleem Khan till April 20

F.P. Report

LAHORE: An accountability court o Thursday has extended judicial remand of former senior minister, Aleem Khan, till April 20 in assets beyond means case.

During the hearing, the court showed displeasure and warned the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) over ‘very slow progress’ in the investigation of the case.

The court ordered the bureau to conclude the investigation at earliest and submission of a final report in the next hearing.

Earlier on March 19, senior leader of PTI, Aleem Khan, had filed bail petition in Lahore High Court (LHC) through his counsel Adnan Shujaa Butt.

According to the petition, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested Aleem Khan over the charges of his offshore companies and assets beyond known sources of income.

The petitioner said that he has declared his all assets and the companies in his income statements.

Khan called all NAB charges including the misuse of authority as baseless.

The NAB has failed to prove any allegations against him, Aleem Khan said in his petition and pleaded to the court to order his release on bail.

The senior politician had been handed over to the NAB on 14-day judicial remand by the accountability court again on March 18 after approving another extension.

LAHORE: An accountability court will resume hearing of an assets case against PTI senior leader Aleem Khan on Thursday (today).

According to details, former senior minister will be produced before the court on completion his 9-day judicial remand.

During the last hearing, the accountability judge had directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to complete investigation against Aleem Khan in the case at the earliest.

“We can’t put someone in prison without a charge-sheet,” Accountability Judge Syed Najamul Hassan Bukhari observed when the NAB prosecutor sought time to file a reference against the accused in the case.

He asked prosecutor Waris Janjua to apprise him about progress so far made in investigation against the accused.

Janjua said the inquiry against the PTI leader has entered the final phase. When asked why the bureau has not filed a reference in the court yet, he said it would be filed once investigation is completed.

“Why investigation has not been completed despite the passage of two months,” the judge expressed displeasure over the bureau. The court sent the former Punjab minister to jail on judicial remand until April 11.

According to NAB, Aleem being the Secretary of Parkview Cooperative Housing Society, Member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab and Minister for Information Technology held public office and during the period was involved in acts of corruption and corrupt practices by way of accumulating assets beyond known sources of income within Pakistan and outside.

Furthermore, the bureau said, the accused established multiple companies with the purpose of real estate business and invested millions of rupees.

He has been accused of buying more than 900 kanal land in different villages of Lahore in the name of his company M/s A&A Pvt. Ltd. and also paid advances for additional 600 kanal land for which he could not account for the sources of the investments.

In year 2005 and 2006, apart from inland assets, he established offshore companies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United Kingdom (UK) with these companies acquiring assets of extensive value which are beyond known sources of income of the accused.