LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore arrested six suspects, including number one accused Farhan Cheema, in the Model Housing Enclave scandal on Saturday. Other suspects were recognized as Chauhan Estate proprietors Rashid Bashir and Agha Shahid, Al-Huda Estate proprietor Rizwan Fareed, Al-Amin Estate proprietor Sajid Amin and Arham Estate proprietor Saleem Ishtiaq. Primary suspect Farhan Cheema was arrested by way of NAB in October 2017. He was launched via the court after a good plea buy of Rs620 million. Later, others got here ahead to stake a claim inside the said case. NAB had informed Cheema about the brand new claimants and asked him to deal with their grievances. However, Cheema maintained that the other accused assets sellers had been to cope with these troubles. NAB changed into investigating the problem similarly. The arrested people were presented before a duty courtroom which remanded them into the physical custody of 12 days. The courtroom asked NAB to provide them on March 28. Meanwhile, an accountability courtroom adjourned the Ramazan Sugar Mills and Ashiana Housing Scheme cases until March 27.
The leader of the opposition within the National Assembly, Shahbaz Sharif, the opposition chief in Punjab Assembly Hamza Shahbaz, former LDA DG Ahad Khan Cheema, and other suspects were nominated inside the cases. Strict security preparations were made for the listening to. Police blocked the roads leading to the court docket using bins, barricades, and barbed wire. In the absence of duty court docket judge Syed Najam ul Hassan, a duty judge resumed the hearing. The accused men and women pleaded no longer guilty before the courtroom, pointing out that NAB had falsely implicated them in these cases.
The choose said they might express their reservations at a suitable time and adjourned the case. Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing scheme changed into a plan initiated by using the Punjab authorities underneath the then Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to build houses beneath public-private partnerships. The homes could be supplied to the general public at subsidized quotes. The mission could not be initiated despite the passage of a few years. NAB accused Shahbaz Sharif, Ahad Khan Cheema, and the previous main secretary to top minister, Fawad Hassan Fawad, of corruption worth billions of rupees. According to NAB, the accused misused their authority and granted the assignment’s settlement to a firm that changed into now not eligible. The step was taken after canceling the contract of the successful bidder. As ways as the Ramazan Sugar Mill scandal turned into worried, Shehbaz, Hamza, and others were accused of constructing a drain for the manufacturing facility using public cash.