AC extends Aleem Khan’s judicial remand till May 27

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Staff Report

LAHORE

An accountability court on Monday extended by 14 days the judicial remand of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and former senior Punjab minister Aleem Khan.

Duty Judge Syed Jawad ul Hassan conducted the hearing and inquired about the reference against the PTI leader.

On March 5, Aleem was sent to jail on a 14-day judicial remand in a case pertaining to his offshore companies and alleged possession of assets beyond his known sources of income.

The PTI leader was presented before the court on Monday to seek an extension in his remand. During the hearing, the court asked the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor regarding when a reference will be filed against him. The court was informed that the process of filing the reference is in its final stages.

The court then ordered that Aleem be presented before court on May 27 and extended his judicial remand by 14 days.

Meanwhile, a hearing on Aleem Khan’s bail plea was also conducted by Lahore High Court (LHC).

A two member bench of the LHC headed by Justice Ali Baqir Najfi heard the case.

At the outset of the hearing, Khan’s counsel Barrister Ali Zafar, said the NAB has arrested his client in assets beyond known sources of income reference without having concrete evidence.

“It has been three months since his arrest, but the accountability watchdog has failed in registering reference against him”, the counsel said.

He said the anti-graft watchdog body has no evidence against his client.

To, this the NAB prosecutor said, the bureau has acquired enough evidence against the former senior minister and the reference will be filed soon.

The PTI leader is being investigated by (NAB for owning assets beyond known means of income and an offshore company.

NAB had arrested Khan on February 6, 2019, when he appeared before a combined investigations team. It was alleged that Aleem, being a public office holder, acquired huge assets and established offshore companies.

The NAB in its charges against Khan alleged that the PTI leader was a common man in year 2000 and suddenly became a millionaire as his assets now worth Rs871 million.

He remained Punjab minister from 2003 to 2007 and set up 35 companies, while his several bank accounts also surfaced, the anti-corruption watchdog claimed.