LAHORE: An area courtroom in Lahore on Monday prolonged the interim bail of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Nationwide Meeting Opposition Chief Shehbaz Sharif and his son, Hamza Shahbaz until August 16 in a case pertaining to their alleged involvement within the Ramzan Sugar Mills scandal.
On the outset of the listening to, the Federal Investigation Company (FIA) submitted their reply over the bail pleas of the 2 leaders.
The FIA claimed of their reply that Shehbaz and Hamza “will not be cooperating within the investigations.”
The investigations wouldn’t be accomplished if the courtroom saved extending the interim bails, learn the reply.
The FIA officers contended that Shehbaz and Hamza allegedly corrupted Rs2.5b on account of cash laundering by way of faux financial institution accounts.
“The investigations revealed that the main points of the account holders, who have been the low-income workers of Ramzan Sugar Mills, don’t match the belongings they possess,” mentioned the officers.
Sustaining that they worry that Hamza and Shahbaz might flee from the nation, the FIA officers requested the courtroom to dismiss the bail pleas.
Furthermore, the 2 leaders being launched on bail may endanger the witnesses, mentioned the FIA officers.
Throughout the listening to, the counsel representing Shehbaz moved the courtroom to adjourn the listening to till a date after August 13, since Shehbaz has to attend the Nationwide Meeting classes.
Individually, Hamza’s counsel apprised the courtroom that the Punjab Meeting classes can even proceed until the aforementioned date.
The courtroom accepted the counsels’ requests and adjourned the listening to until August 16, extending the bail pleas till the identical date.
The PML-N leaders had been granted interim bails within the sugar scandal on June 21, after FIA’s Lahore wing summoned Shahbaz in its ongoing probe into the scandal that led to a scarcity and a rare hike within the commodity’s costs.
In an effort to keep away from being arrested by the FIA, the PML-N president and his son reached out to the courtroom to hunt bails, contending that the FIA has registered a baseless case below cash laundering allegations.
The Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) has already filed a reference on cash laundering allegations in opposition to the 2 PML-N leaders.