AC extends Hamza Shehbaz's judicial remand in Ramzan Sugar Mills case
LAHORE (92 News) - An accountability court (AC) in Lahore has extended the judicial remand of Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz till November 17 in Ramzan Sugar Mills case on Tuesday.
Hamza Shehbaz has been presented before court by the jail officials. Accountability Court judge Amjad Nazir Chaudhry heard the Ramzan Sugar Mills reference.
During the hearing, the judge questioned the reason for not producing Hamza in the previous hearing. To this, SP Headquarters said that the accused rejected to sit inside the bullet-proof vehicle. The squad staying inside the jail for around two hours, however, Hamza rejected to travel through the vehicle.
The judge remarked that how could it be possible for an under trial person to refuse to appear before court which should be meant as the failure of the state.
Judge Amjad Nazir Chaudhry remarked that the accountability court will give a verdict on the reports about non-production of Hamza Shehbaz in the next hearing.
Ramzan Sugar Mills case
The NAB had filed a reference accusing former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif, his son Hamza Shahbaz and others for causing losses to the national exchequer and misusing authority by sanctioning construction of a bridge to facilitate the sugar mills.
NAB officials say, Shehbaz Sharif, being the chief minister of Punjab, misused his authority by issuing directives for the construction of a 10-kilometre-long drain in Chiniot primarily to benefit the sugar mill owned by his sons. Shehbaz and Hamza have been accused of fraudulently causing a Rs 213 million loss to the national exchequer.