Lahore (Agencies): An accountability court on Wednesday charged three key accused Hammad Arshad, his brother Murad Arshad, and retired brigadier Khalid Nazeer Butt in DHA City Lahore scam case.
The three accused allegedly traded thousands of canals of land fraudulently on behalf of the Defence Housing Authority (DHA).
According to an agreement signed between DHA and a private company on June 14, 2010, the latter was to provide the housing authority with 25,000 canals of land in return for over Rs 2 billion. However, Hammad and Murad only managed to sell 13,092 canals to DHA.
Arshad had also collected Rs15.47bn from the public by issuing allotment letters and later transferred the money to his personal accounts, Janjua told the court
The NAB prosecutor further told the court that most of the land Hammad had sold to DHA was on the riverbed of the Ravi, completely inaccessible by road.
According to the prosecutor, an inquiry was started against Arshad on the complaints of citizen Nouman Dawood and DHA.
Retired brigadier Butt, on the other hand, was accused of approving the project while the master plan was yet to be approved by DHA, the prosecutor told the court.
"The project was approved without 30 per cent of the plots being allocated to the families of martyrs, which is a requirement," Janjua informed the court.