Lahore (Staff Report): An accountability court on Thursday extended judicial remand of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Saad Rafique and his brother Salman Rafique till May 16 in Paragon Housing Society scam case.
PML-N lawmaker Khawaja Saad Rafique could not appear in the court as he is in Islamabad, however, the NAB officials presented Khawaja Salman Rafique in the court and sought 14-day extension in the judicial remand of the duo.
The accountability judge directed the jail authorities to present the PML-N leaders in the next hearing on May 16 along with a progress report.
On December 11, 2018, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested Pakistan Railways former minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Salman Rafique after the Lahore High Court (LHC) turned down their plea seeking extension in interim bail in a case regarding Paragon Housing Society scandal.
NAB Lahore had issued a press release after the arrest stating that “accused Saad Rafique along with his benamidaar wife Ghazala Saad Rafique, brother Salman Rafique in association with Qaiser Amin Butt and Nadeem Zia established a housing project in the name of Air Avenue which was converted into a new housing project namely M/S Paragon City Pvt Limited. Record shows that M/S Paragon City is an illegal society.”
“Accused has been and is continuously obtaining illegal/ illegitimate funds/ benefits from said project as he obtained 40 kanal plots in his own name and the name of his brother Salman Rafique,” the bureau said.