Applications seeking exemption from personal appearance on behalf of Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shahbaz and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif, has been submitted to accountability court as court is scheduled to resume hearing of Ramzan Sugar Mills and Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme cases.
The applications argued that Shehbaz is abroad and Hamza is feeling unwell, and both of them could not appear for the hearing today. Earlier, the Lahore High Court (LHC) extended Hamza’s interim bail in three different cases, Ramzan Sugar Mills, Saaf Pani Company and assets beyond known sources of income, till May 22.
Hamza along with his brother Salman, is accused of embezzling Rs200 million from public funds in order to build a bridge benefiting Ramzan Sugar Mills — of which he is a director — in Chiniot. The money, according to NAB, was released by then chief minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif, who is also a suspect in the case. Hamza is also accused of owning assets beyond means and is being probed by a combined investigation team from NAB.
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