Buzdar skips NAB date, representative files reply

By: News Desk      Published: 11:34 AM, 18 Aug, 2020
Buzdar skips NAB date, representative files reply

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar did not appear before the NAB team in liquor licence case on Tuesday and instead, his representative submitted a reply before the investigators, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The NAB, which gave the chief minister a 12-page proforma on his first appearance before the investigators, had directed him to return the same with detailed written answers to all the questions.

Meanwhile, Buzdar had also been asked to deliver the complete record of the moveable and immovable assets owned by him and his family members.

On the other hand, the NAB will make a decision about whether to ask him for appearing in person again in the light of answers given by him.

Last week, Buzdar had appeared the anti-graft body which not only sought details of movable and immovable properties but also his sources of income.

He had been issued a call-up notice for allegedly receiving Rs50 million to force the excise and taxation department to illegally issue a liquor licence to a hotel.

Sources say the licence was issued to the hotel despite the excise and taxation department referring the matter to the chief minister’s office thrice, informing Buzdar that the move was in violation of the 2009 policy.

In 2009, the chief minister’s office had issued a policy under which an L-2 liquor licence could only be issued to hotels having a 4/5 star rating.

On Monday, Buzdar during media chat had claimed that the NAB did not summon him as an accused, but as a witness.