An accountability court in Lahore rejected National Accountability Bureau (NAB) request seeking a 15-day extension in the physical remand of PML-N leader Khawaja Asif and sent him on a 14-day judicial remand instead.
The PML-N leader was arrested late December last year from outside the residence of Ahsan Iqbal where he had come to attend a party meeting. NAB said Khawaja Asif has been arrested in a case pertaining to accumulating assets beyond known sources of income.
During the hearing, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor sought physical remand of Khawaja Asif. He said that millions of rupees had been deposited in different bank accounts of the accused, whereas, Rana Abdul Waheed had deposited Rs30 million.
When the persons got interrogated, they said that Asif had given the cash to deposit it to the accounts, he added.
Khawaja Asif had not disclosed the sources of income to get Rs280 million in his accounts, whereas, he also failed to provide satisfactory answers for making Rs60 million investments in different companies.
In 2009, Rs100 million had been deposited to his account from a foreign country, the prosecutor said.
The judge remarked that NAB is responsible for holding investigation and it should tell the court about the information it collected from a foreign company.
To this, NAB prosecutor said that the company’s owner is Asif’s friend and he is summoned on January 28.
The defence lawyer argued that the investigators want Asif to carry out his own investigation.
However, the court ordered the authorities to produce Khawaja Asif on February 7 again. Later, the jail officials left the accountability court along with the PML-N leader.