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Ahad Cheema judicial remand extended till 25th

F.P. Report

LAHORE: An accountability court on Tuesday extended judicial remand of Lahore Development Authority’s former director general Ahad Cheema and others till September 25  in Ashiana-i-Iqbal housing scam.

Earlier, the jail officials produced the accused Ahad Cheema, Bismillah Engineering’s proprietor Shahid Shafiq Faridi, former chief executive officer of Punjab Land Development Company Imtiaz Haider, consultant Bilal Qidwai before Accountability Court Judge Syed Najamul Hassan on expiry of their remand term.

The court took strict notice that complete record had not been provided yet and concerned investigation officer and others were also not present.

Subsequently, the court issued show cause notices to director general NAB Lahore and investigation officer and directed to submit complete record in two hours.

However, on request of the NAB prosecutor, the court withdraw the show cause notices and extended the remand till Sept 25 with a direction to NAB officials for submission of complete record of the case on next hearing.

The court also directed NAB officials to provide readable copies of reference to the accused.

It is pertinent to mention here that Lahore Development Authority chief engineer Israr Saeed and Member Technical Land Financial Allocation Committee PLDC Arif Majeed Butt were on bail.

Ahad Cheema has been charged with misusing his authority and awarding illegal contracts, in a reference filed by the NAB.

The reference against Ahad Cheema, consists of 11 volumes and  more than 3,000 pages.

The NAB alleged that Ahad Cheema misused his authority as LDA’s director general and awarded a contract of Ashiana-i-Iqbal Housing Scheme to Lahore Casa Developers, a joint venture of three companies M/s Bismillah Engineering Services Co, M/s SPARCO Construction Company and M/s China First Metallurgical  Group Co Ltd, which was ineligible for the purpose.

It was claimed that the Ahad also received illegal gratification in the form of 32 kanal land from one of the shareholder companies of the said joint venture.

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