Accountability court extends judicial remand of Aleem Khan
LAHORE: An accountability court in Lahore on Monday approved 14-day judicial remand of former senior minister Aleem Khan in assets beyond known sources, ARY News reported.
Aleem Khan has been sent on 14-day judicial remand by the accountability court after an extension sought by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) today.
The court ordered to produce the former senior minister in next hearing fixed on April 2.
As the hearing resumed, Defence lawyer pleaded the accountability court to order immediate filing of a reference.
NAB’s Waris Janjua said that final report in the case would be filed shortly when the judge questioned the anti-corruption watchdog for filing a reference.
Earlier, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader was brought to the court as his 15-day judicial remand expires today.
The court had earlier on March 5 sent Aleem Khan to prison on 15-day judicial remand. National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials produced the PTI leader before Accountability Court Judge Syed Najamul Hassan amid tight security on completion of his physical remand and requested further extension for investigation.
Aleem Khan’s lawyer opposed NAB’s plea for remand extension and said there was no need to extend his client’s remand. He said he had already submitted relevant documents with regard to Aleem’s offshore companies and other assets to the bureau.
After hearing arguments of the defence and prosecution side, the judge rejected the bureau’s request for an extension in the accused’s physical remand and sent him to prison on 15-day judicial remand.
The NAB prosecutor alleged the PTI leader was a common man in 2000 and suddenly became a millionaire as his assets now worth Rs 871 million. He remained Punjab minister from 2003 to 2007 and set up 35 companies, while his several bank accounts also surfaced.