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  • Friday 19, October 2018

Court rejects Saad Rafique's petition for protective bail

 Court rejects Saad Rafique's petition for protective bail

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday rejected Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique's plea for a protective bail.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has been probing Rafique in connection to an inquiry into a private housing scheme scam. The PML-N leader has also been summoned by the anti-graft body several times for questioning in the case.

Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Moshin Akhtar Kayani were hearing Rafique's petition today. After initially reserving its verdict, the IHC bench rejected the petition.

In his plea, Rafique had stated that NAB issued summon notices to him on March 20 in the Paragon Housing Society scam and on March 28 he submitted his reply and related documents. After a detailed investigation session, NAB directed that more documents be submitted which I did on April 5, he further said.

Further, Rafique stated that he was never a director or shareholder of the Paragon housing scheme.

"If arrest warrants are issued then I should be given two weeks," the PML-N leader requested and pleaded to the court to inform NAB regarding injuries against him and direct the bureau to not arrest him for two weeks.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summoned Khawaja Saad Rafique and Khawaja Salman Raafique in the Paragon Housing scam. The two brothers will appear before the NAB on October 16.

The NAB has been investigating the scam since the last few months. The case came under limelight when the affectees of the project came out on roads to demand a fair and transparent investigation by the government into the Paragon Housing Society scam.



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