Court grants one-day physical remand of Bhatti


A local court in Lahore has sent Punjab former chief minister’s principal secretary on a one-day physical remand to the Anti-Corruption Establishment.

Former principal secretary of Pervaiz Elahi, Muhammad Khan Bhatti was presented before the judicial magistrate on Sunday.

The magistrate remanded Bhatti in physical custody for one day. He was handed over to the Anti-Corruption Establishment, Lahore. A few days ago, the Quetta police arrested Bhatti when he was trying to flee to Iran.

Bhatti was first shifted to the ACE, Rahim Yar Khan Region, where a local court sent him on a 3-day physical remand. Two days ago, the RYK court sent Bhatti on judicial remand.

However, the Anti-Corruption, Lahore region submitted a request to the ACE RYK region seeking transit remand of the former principal secretary in a Rs800 million corruption case.

Bhatti is accused of accepting bribe in transfer and posting cases and receiving heavy kickbacks in development projects. The ACE has already arrested former XEN C&W Rana Iqbal in the Bhatti corruption case. Both Iqbal and Bhatti have recorded their confessional statements in the court.