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Rana Sanaullah appears before NAB, given a questionnaire in assets beyond income case

Rana Sanaullah appears before NAB, given a questionnaire in assets beyond income case
January 2, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has given PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah a 16-question questionnaire in the assets beyond income case on Thursday. After appearing before the NAB, Rana Sanaullah said that an allegation was levelled against him in the past, which proved to be wrong. "This allegation will also prove wrong against me." On December 3, NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal had approved an inquiry against Rana Sanaullah for having assets beyond means of income. During a meeting of the executive board, the NAB chairman said that concluding the mega corruption cases would be a priority for the probe body. “The NAB believes in the policy of ‘accountability for everyone’. In the past 25 months, 630 corruption references were submitted and 170 references are sub judice as of yet,” he added. On December 26, PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah was released from camp jail in a drug trafficking case. He was arrested on July 1 after 15 kilogrammes of heroin was allegedly recovered from his vehicle . Earlier today, the Lahore High Court (LHC) had issued its detailed verdict on the bail granted to the PML-N leader in a drug trafficking case. The nine-page judgment was authored by LHC’s Justice Chaudhry Mushtaq Ahmad. The court questioned in its judgement why, even though the former provincial minister was accused of operating a narcotics trafficking network, the Anti Narcotics Force never sought his physical remand to investigate that allegation. According to the court verdict, Rana Sanaullah was granted bail because of the lapses in the prosecution’s case. The prosecution told the court that the ANF had been monitoring Sanaullah’s movements for a few days and they received credible information that drugs were being carried in a car similar to the one Sanaullah has. The court further questioned why formal documentary proceedings of the seizure of narcotics were not conducted at the time of arrest, and why a sample of only 20 grams of the heroin recovered was sent for testing when the seized quantity was a much higher 15 kilogrammes. The judgement also gave some weight to the 'political victimsation' argument made by the petitioner. “In the context of the petitioner being a vocal political leader of [the main] opposition party, this aspect of the case could not be ignored as political victimization in our country is an open secret,” the order stated.