An accountability court on Wednesday (Sep 4) indicted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Salman Rafique in the Paragon Housing Scam case.
Judge Jawwad ul Hassan heard the case Wednesday morning. The brothers were presented in court on the expiry of their judicial remand. They have both denied the charges against them. The court summoned witnesses against the PML-N leaders at the next hearing on September 13.
On December 11, 2018, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested Saad Rafique and his brother Khawaja Salman Rafique from the LHC premises after the high court had dismissed their request for an extension in the pre-arrest bail in corruption cases.
NAB, while revealing grounds for their arrest stated that Khawaja brothers had started a housing project named Air Avenue – which was later on changed into Paragon City Limited. NAB has maintained that the record showed that it was an illegal housing society. The anti-graft body has accused Khawaja brothers and others of defrauding large members of society. NAB said that the accused also embezzled the illegal housing society projects funds for personal gains, adding that the accused were collecting heavy amounts despite clear directions from the Lahore Development Authority.
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