An accountability court (AC) in Islamabad has on Monday sent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Member National Assembly (MNA) Ahsan Iqbal to jail on judicial remand in the Narowal Sports City (NSC) case.
The AC turned down a request by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to extend physical remand of PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal.
The accountability judge sent the former minister to jail on judicial remand until next hearing.
At the outset of the hearing, NAB officials presented Ahsan Iqbal before the judge, requesting a 14-day extension in his physical remand.
The judge observed the accused has already in the bureau’s custody for 28 days and asked if they want his 90-day physical remand.
A NAB prosecutor informed the court that Iqbal arrested on Dec 23 as the probe into the case is underway.
He added statements of witnesses have been recorded after the arrest of the PML-N leader.
Meanwhile, the court gave the accused permission to meet his family members inside jail.
He also allowed to have home-made food and access to medical treatment.
Ahsan Iqbal accused of using funds of the federal government and Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) for a sports city in Narowal.
He had already filed a reply to a questionnaire given to him by the bureau previously.
Sources said the NAB Rawalpindi chapter has already received a complete record of the (NSC) project to investigate alleged financial irregularities.
It multiplied the estimated construction cost of Rs300 million to Rs3 billion.
Earlier, Accountability Court Islamabad handed over Ahsan Iqbal to NAB on 13-day physical remand in NSC corruption case.
Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir approved the remand.
The NAB prosecutor accused that he misused his powers during the last government.
The PML-N’s former planning minister Ahsan Iqbal taken into custody by the anti-corruption watchdog.
The PML-N leader faced charges of misusing powers.
He had illegally increased the construction cost of the sports city project from Rs300 million to Rs1000 million.