Paragon housing case: LHC to hear Khawaja brothers’ bail petitions today

F.P. Report

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) will resume hearing into bail petitions filed by leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Khawaja Salman Rafique, on Monday (today).

According to details, Justice Ali Najfi will preside a two-member bench of LHC and it will continue hearing into petitions seeking bail for Khawaja brothers in Paragon Housing scam case.

PML-N leaders in their bail pleas have stated that the NAB nominated them in the case without having any concrete evidence against them.

They said they had extended full cooperation to the accountability watchdog during investigation and provided all documents to prove that they had not link to the Paragon City Society.

The applicants said they were being punished by the corruption watchdog on political grounds.

According to NAB, Khawaja Saad Rafique in collusion with his wife Ghazala Saad Rafique Butt, brother Salman Rafique, Qaiser Amin Butt and Nadeem Zia had launched a housing project named Air Avenue, which was later renamed to Paragon City (Pvt) Ltd.

The accused allegedly connived with Nadeem Zia and Qaiser Amin Butt to defraud several members of the society and misappropriated project funds for personal gains. The accused collected huge amounts in flagrant violation of directions from the Lahore Development Authority (LDA).

Besides, Saad Rafique acquired 40 kanals of land in his and his brother’s name, which he used to extend the project illegally and sold commercial plots worth billions of rupees.