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Accountability court extends judicial remand of Ahad Cheema

LAHORE: An accountability court in Lahore on Tuesday extended judicial remand of former director general of Lahore Development Authority (LDA), Ahad Cheema, till April 4, ARY News reported.

The court questioned the investigation officer regarding the status of the final report of LDA City project.

The officer apprised the court that a final report has been prepared pertaining the LDA City which would be submitted in next hearing.

A National Accountability Bureau (NAB) official told the court that Cheema had sold many files of LDA City which worth millions besides permitting development partners for selling out plots.

Later, the court extended Cheema’s remanded and adjourned the hearing till April 4.

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On January 4, an accountability court had extended judicial remand of former Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general Ahad Cheema for 13 days, in illegal assets case filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore.

The NAB had filed a reference against Ahad Khan Cheema in October for possessing assets beyond known sources of income.

The NAB officials have said that a supplementary reference will also be filed against Ahad Cheema and the charges will be framed against him after it.

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The judge ordered the anti-corruption watchdog officials to finalize their process.

Cheema possesses assets worth Rs600 million and has failed to satisfy the bureau regarding his sources of income, NAB officials said.

The properties owned by the ex-DG LDA allegedly include several plots in various housing schemes in Lahore and Islamabad, agricultural lands, flats and houses. The properties mostly registered in his mother, wife and other relatives’ names.

Cheema was arrested in February over charges of misusing his authority by awarding Ashiana Housing contract worth Rs14 billion to Lahore Casa Developers, that was ineligible for the contract.

NAB had filed a reference against Mr Cheema and five others in June, over their alleged role in Ashiana Housing Scheme scam.

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