An accountability court in Lahore granted the National Accountability Bureau a 14-day extension in the physical remand of PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz and her cousin Yousuf Abbas in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.Earlier, the two had been remanded into NAB custody following their arrest on August 8.Amid strict security arrangements, the duo was presented in court, where judge Naeem Arshad heard NAB’s request for a 15-day extension in their physical remand.
During the proceedings, NAB’s lawyer said that the investigations with Maryam had not yet been completed and requested an extension in remand for that purpose. In response, Maryam’s lawyer Advocate Amjad Pervez said that the investigation had been carried out in all cases and the trial had been completed.
Earlier, the judge expressed displeasure at selfies being taken with the PML-N leader in the courtroom. The court also experienced a power outage during the proceeding. The noise created by party workers affected the proceedings, following which the judge left the courtroom and went to his chambers. Proceedings were temporarily adjourned. As proceedings resumed, the judge granted NAB 14-day physical remand and ordered that the two be presented before it on September 4.
Meanwhile, Accountability court heard the petitions to issue an arrest warrant and seize the property of Salman Shahbaz on Wednesday and fixed August 30 to legally seize all the properties of him.
Investigator and the complainant of the case recorded their statements before the AC. They said that they took a notice of arrest warrant of Salman Shahbaz to Model Town where he wasn’t present. The National Accountability Bureau prosecutor expressed that Salman has been repeatedly issued notices but he has fled the country.It is pertinent to mention here that NAB called the son of former Chief Minister of Punjab six times in the money laundering case but he did not join the NAB inquiry. After that, the accountability court issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Salman Shahbaz and ordered the police to present him before the court.