Ahad Cheema judicial remand extended till 25th

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Cheema, Shafiq sent to prison on 15-day judicial remand

LAHORE: An accountability court on Tuesdayextended judicial remand of Lahore Development Authority’sformer director general Ahad Cheema and others till September 25 in Ashiana-i-Iqbal housing scam.
Earlier, the jail officials produced the accused Ahad Cheema, Bismillah Engineering’s proprietor Shahid Shafiq Faridi, former chief executive officer of Punjab Land DevelopmentCompany Imtiaz Haider, consultant Bilal Qidwai before Accountability Court Judge Syed Najamul Hassan on expiry of their remand term.The court took strict notice that complete record hadnot been provided yet and concerned investigation officer and others were also not present.
Subsequently, the court issued show cause notices todirector general NAB Lahore and investigation officer anddirected to submit complete record in two hours.However, on request of the NAB prosecutor, the courtwithdraw the show cause notices and extended the remand tillSept 25 with a direction to NAB officials for submission ofcomplete record of the case on next hearing. The court alsodirected NAB officials to provide readable copies of referenceto the accused.
It is pertinent to mention here that Lahore DevelopmentAuthority chief engineer Israr Saeed and Member Technical LandFinancial Allocation Committee PLDC Arif Majeed Butt were on bail.Ahad Cheema has been charged with misusing his authorityand awarding illegal contracts, in a reference filed by the NAB. The reference against Ahad Cheema, consists of 11 volumes and more than 3,000 pages.
The NAB alleged that Ahad Cheema misused his authority as LDA’s director general and awarded a contract of Ashiana-i-Iqbal Housing Scheme to Lahore Casa Developers, a joint venture of three companies M/s Bismillah Engineering Services Co,M/s SPARCO Construction Company and M/s China First Metallurgical Group Co Ltd, which was ineligible for the purpose.It was claimed that the Ahad also received illegal gratification in the form of 32 kanal land from one of the shareholder companies of the said joint venture.

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