Paragon scandal: Kh Saad, Salman Rafique’s judicial remand extended till March 19
LAHORE (92 News) – An accountability court on Monday extended the judicial remand of Pakistan Muslim league-N (PML-N) leaders Khawaja Saad Rafique and Khawaja Salman Rafique in Paragon city case till March 19.
During the hearing, Khawaja Saad and Salman appeared before Accountability Court Judge Saeed Najamul Hassan. They were brought to the court in an armoured vehicle.
Saad Rafique complained the court that there aren’t any medical treatment facility at the jail he has been kept in. “I don’t want to go to a hospital,” he said.
NAB prosecutor said that the anti-graft body needs more time to prepare its report and asked for an extension in the remand of the PML-N leaders. However, the court adjourned the case till March 19.
The PML-N leaders have been arrested over the alleged involvement in the Paragon Housing scandal.
On the other hand, the hearing assets beyond income case against former principal secretary to prime minister Fawad Hassan Fawad was also adjourned till March 19. The court also ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to present the reference against Fawad Hassan Fawad at any cost in next hearing.
Following their arrests, the NAB Lahore had issued a press release and stated that “Accused Saad Rafique along with his benamidaar wife Ghazala Saad Rafique, brother Salman Rafique in association with Qaiser Amin Butt and Nadeem Zia established a housing project in the name of Air Avenue which was converted into a new housing project namely M/S Paragon City Pvt Limited. Record shows that M/S Paragon City is an illegal society.”
“Accused in collusion, connivance and collaboration of Qaiser Amin Butt and Nadeem Zia cheated the members of public at large and obtained illegal pecuniary benefits from the funds of said illegal housing project,” it added.
Further, it stated, “Accused is operating this illegal housing project through his associates/ co-accused persons who are collecting deposits from general public despite clear directions from LDA that this project is unapproved.”
“Accused has been and is continuously obtaining illegal/ illegitimate funds/ benefits from said project as he obtained 40 kanal plots in his own name and the name of his brother Salman Rafique.”
The press release continued, “Accused by misusing his official position continued the expansion and marketing of illegal housing project and also obtained undue benefits in the form of sale of numbers of commercial plots worth billions of rupees which were actually not owned by M/S Paragon City. Thus the buyers have been cheated through this action of corruption and corrupt practices.”
Paragon scam: Saad, Salman judicial remand extended until March 4
On Feb 16, Accountability Court Judge Najamul Hassan Bukhari extended the judicial remand of PML-N leaders Khawaja Saad Rafique and Salman Rafique until March 4 in the Paragon Housing scandal.
Stringent security arrangements had been made on the occasion. Only a few workers managed to reach the court.
The NAB had taken Khawaja brothers into custody last month after rejection of their petition to obtain pre-arrest bail. Subsequently, the NAB had also launched a probe against them under the suspicion of assets beyond known income.