Paragon housing scandal: LHC adjourns bail petitions of Khawaja brothers
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has adjourned the hearing of bail petitions filed by Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Salman Rafique and directed the National Accountability Bureau’s lawyers to conclude arguments in next hearing, ARY News reported.
The high court conducted hearing of bail petitions filed in Paragon housing scam case.
As the hearing went underway, the high court questioned NAB lawyer to provide evidences which could prove Khawaja brothers as the owner of Paragon City Housing project.
To this, the lawyer said that Qaiser Amin and others had given statements for Khawaja Saad Rafique and Khawaja Salman Rafique’s ownership. He added that Khawaja brothers have claimed for receiving money in term of its marketing but failed to provide evidence, whereas, legal procedures were not completed for the exchange of land in the case.
The court inquired for details of Khawajas’ profession which was mentioned in their nomination papers at the time of the election.
The NAB lawyer replied, “They have mentioned marketing company in their nomination papers.”
Judge asked, “You should tell us about the evidences which were collected.” “It seems that you don’t have any of your own content [in this case],” said the judge.
NAB lawyer said, “We have presented Khawaja Saad Rafique’s answers [to the investigators] as evidence. Saad Rafique had not answered to the questions pertain the selling of the land and plots.”
He added that a huge amount of money was being transferred to bank accounts but no clue was present for its transmitter. The lawyer said that Khawaja brothers had vanished all records relating to the case.
The judge remarked, “Is this objection raised before [the court] that the accused [Saad and Salman] were not cooperating in the investigation?”
“You must raise a point in the court which could be proven,” the judge said.
The court ordered NAB lawyers to complete their arguments in next hearing fixed on May 24.
In another development earlier in the day, an accountability court extended judicial remand of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Khawaja Salman Rafique in Paragon Housing Society scam case.
The incarcerated Khawaja brothers were produced before the accountability judge on completion of their previous 14-day judicial remand.