LHC grants bail to Ahad Cheema in assets beyond means case

By: News Desk      Published: 03:05 PM, 7 Apr, 2021
Ahad Cheema
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The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday granted bail to the former director-general of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) in assets beyond means case, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. 

The LHC two-member bench comprising Justice Sardar Muhammad Sarfraz Dogar announced the verdict after hearing both sides’ arguments and NAB’s reply. 

Cheema’s counsel Amjad Pervaiz and NAB’s Special Prosecutor Syed Faisal Raza Bukhari appeared before the court. 

Amjad Pervaiz pleaded that the NAB even showed the assets of relatives of Ahad Cheema as his own assets. He said properties of relatives could not come into the category of Benami properties.

“The High Court, while granting bail in the Ashiana housing case, ordered to complete the trial of assets beyond means case against Ahad Cheema within four months but 11 months have passed since the order.”

The NAB prosecutor opposed the bail of Ahad Cheema but the court announced the reserved verdict of the case and granted bail to the former LDA DG. 

It may be recalled that this year, an accountability court indicted Ahad Cheema in a supplementary reference in assets beyond means case. 

The jail authorities produced Cheema before the court where he denied allegations levelled against him.

According to the NAB, it had traced 22 properties, out of which 20 are in the name of Ahad Cheema and two are registered in the name of his family members and alleged that Cheema owned agricultural land too.

Reportedly, the NAB filed a reference against Cheema in the Ashiana Housing scam and arrested him on charges of embezzlement in Ashiana Housing Scheme.

Reporter Malik Ashraf