LAHORE: An accountability court docket authorised a 14-day bodily remand of senior bureaucrat Fawad Hasan Fawad into Nationwide Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) custody on Friday.
Fawad was arrested by the anti-graft physique on Thursday over numerous corruption expenses together with the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme case.
NAB officers initially denied the highest civil servant’s arrest on Thursday, stating that he was summoned to the bureau for questioning. Nevertheless, Director Common Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore Shahzad Saleem later advised the media that Hasan was arrested for inflicting a lack of billions of rupees to the nationwide exchequer in numerous scams.
The anti-graft physique had requested the accountability court docket, as we speak, to grant a bodily remand of the accused for additional investigation.
Commenting on Fawad’s arrest Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief and former Punjab regulation minister Rana Sanaullah alleged that NAB has been used prior to now earlier than election and it’s now getting used for a similar objective.
In line with NAB officers, Fawad wrongfully awarded the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme’scontract to ‘favourites’, illegally ordered the shifting of 9 CNG stations and likewise labored in a non-public financial institution from 2005 to 2006 with out official permission.
Furthermore, whereas being the provincial well being secretary, Fawad acquired six cell well being items which had been bought at a higher-than-market fee, a NAB spokesperson stated.
Fawad has served as former PM Nawaz Sharif’s principal secretary and is taken into account near the previous premier. He was faraway from the publish of principal secretary on June 1 this 12 months and appointed director normal of Civil Providers Academy, Lahore.
The accused bureaucrat was additionally being probed by NAB for possession of property past identified sources of earnings.
In line with NAB, the contract for the housing scheme was gained by a building firm titled Chaudhry Latif and Sons.
Nevertheless, NAB says then Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his aides awarded the Rs14 billion contract to Lahore Casa Builders — a proxy group of Paragon Metropolis (Pvt) Restricted, which is alleged to be owned by Railways Minister Saad Rafique.
Fawad, who was implementation secretary to the chief minister Punjab on the time, levelled expenses of wrongdoings towards Chaudhry Latif and Sons to ensure that the contract to be awarded to Casa Builders.
Shehbaz has already appeared earlier than NAB within the case whereas former Lahore Growth Authority chairman Ahad Cheema is on judicial remand after having been arrested over the case.