Former president Asif Ali Zardari will now be indicted in the Park Lane case case on September 17 after a new petition was filed by the PPP Co-chairman seeking acquittal in the supplementary reference on Wednesday.
Accountability Judge Azam Khan resumed hearing the Park Lane case as the PPP co-chairman and other accused appeared before the court. He deferred their indictment in the supplementary reference after the former president moved an application requesting deferment of framing of charges.
The former president further pleaded with the court to acquit him after quashing the reference. His lawyer Farooq H Naek requested the judge to fix the next hearing of the case on Sept 17 when he will forward his arguments in favour of his client’s acquittal plea.
On the other hand, the NAB prosecutor objected to the accused’s moving acquittal plea before indictment.
“I am ready to present arguments on it, why aren’t they.”
“We have not filed any supplementary reference in the money laundering case. The case was transferred from Karachi so he had filed a reference after his interrogation,” he maintained.
After hearing arguments from both sides, Accountability Court Judge Azam Khan adjourned the hearing till September 17.
Earlier in October 2015, the anti-corruption wing of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in Karachi received a tip-off of suspicious intra-bank transactions from the Summit Bank, Sindh Bank, and the United Bank Limited.
The profiles of the account holders did not match their earnings/income. FIA authorities suspected that these accounts were being run by the Zardari Group and Omni Group, amongst others.