Court extends interim bail of PML-N’s Khokhar brothers

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Staff Reporter

An Anti-Corruption Court here in the City extended the interim bail of PML-N leaders – Saiful Malook Khokhar and Afzal Khokhar till June 14 in a land grabbing case.

The Khokhars are accused of forging documents and illegally occupying 177-kanal land for the Khokhar Palace in Sheikhupura.

They deny the allegations and claim to have documents for the land, which is valued at Rs1.5 billion. On Monday, Judge Arshad Hussain Bhutta heard their plea for extension in their interim bail.

The Khokhars appeared in the court but the case could not proceed because of a strike called by the Punjab Bar Council.

The court extended their interim bail and summoned the lawyers for final arguments on June 14.

The Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment registered the case against the Khokhar brothers in 2018. It has submitted its report in the court as well.

The Lahore High Court termed non-maintainable a petition naming Punjab chief minister for committing contempt of court.

Justice Ayesha Malik heard the petition on Monday filed by Faisalabad-based Mehmood. The petitioner said that the deputy director, Dr Zubair, hired for the audit of local government funds violates merit. He has a fake degree, the petitioner claimed.

He was absent from duty for seven months and was living outside Pakistan. The petition said that a complaint was filed with the department but it has not been addressed yet.

The court asked, however, why the petition names the Punjab chief minister as a respondent and disposed it off.