LAHORE (92 News) – An accountability court in Lahore on Wednesday rejected Khawaja brothers’ acquittal pleas and extended their judicial remand till October 30 in Paragon Housing case.
The court announced the verdict on Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Khawaja Salman Rafique’s petitions which was reserved on Monday.
The court rejected the acquittal pleas and judicial authority and extended judicial remand till October 30. The accountability court summoned witnesses for testimony against Khawaja brothers in the next hearing.
The decision was announced in the presence of Khawaja Saad Rafique and Khawaja Salman Rafique.
In the previous hearing, the court reserved verdict on acquittal pleas of Khawaja brothers in Paragon Housing Society reference.
Kahwaja Saad Rafique’s defence consul adopted a stance that the NAB filed a reference against him without reviewing SECP and Companies Act. “The filing of case in the accountability court against Khawaja brothers is violation of their basic rights.
The lawyer argued that neither Khawaja Brothers were accused of misusing their authority, nor did they cheat the public. The NAB prosecutor took the stand that the accused denied the charges and preferred to stand trial.
On September 3, court had indicted Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Salman Rafique in the Paragon Housing Society case. The Khawaja brothers have been accused of embezzling nearly Rs2 billion.
Paragon Housing Scam
One Qaiser Amin Butt
, the main accused in the Paragon Housing scam, voluntarily disclosed the facts related to the commission of offence and requested for pardon under Section 26 of the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999 (NAO 1999), which was granted by the competent authority.
The NAB filed reference against Kh Saad Rafique, Kh Salman Rafique, Nadeem Zia Pirzada, his son Umer Zia and Farhan Ali. NAB stated in the reference that Saad Rafique, in connivance with his wife Ghazala Saad Rafique, brother Salman Rafique, Qaiser Amin Butt and Nadeem Zia, started a housing project which was an illegal society.