LHC rejects Ahad’s bail plea

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday has rejected plea of former Director General (DG) of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Ahad Cheema, seeking release during physical remand.

Hearing the appeal submitted against Cheema’s detention, the court said that the accused cannot get bail when he is on a physical remand.

Earlier, Ahad Cheema and Chief Executive of Bismillah Engineering Services Shahid Shafiq were handed over to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on a 15-day physical remand.

The NAB officer alleged that Cheema did fraud in the scheme by misusing his powers, adding that Shahid Shafiq got the contract by submitting fake documents.

NAB had also approved fresh investigation into ‘assets beyond means’ of Ahad Cheema for which a team was also formed to probe Ahad Cheema’s assets.

Earlier, Shahid Shafiq was handed over to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on a physical remand till March 5 in Ashiana Housing Scheme scandal.

Shahid Shafiq was arrested on the identification of Ahad Cheema after it was discovered that Rs.14bn contract had been granted to Bismillah Services despite the company being a C-4 category subsidiary company of Paragon City. NAB had also obtained details regarding mobile phone calls and emails of Ahad Cheema.