Khuwaja brothers of PML-N get bail
March 17, 2020 03:36 PM
The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted bail to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Salman Rafique in the Paragon Housing Scheme scandal.
The apex court ordered the Khawaja brothers to submit Rs3 million each surety bonds against the bail awarded.
During the hearing, Justice Maqbool Baqir remarked that the NAB either didn’t have the capacity or the intention.
He observed that what was illegal if money had been transferred to the Khawaja brothers’ accounts. He added that they are admitting the transfer of money.
Justice Baqir remarked that the NAB should prove if there was anything illegal.
It is pertinent to mention that previously PML-N leaders Ahsan Iqbal and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had already got bails in the NAB references. Meanwhile, Rana Sanaullah is also on bail in a case filed by the ANF (Anti-Narcotics Force)
Earlier, the Supreme Court on March 10 had deferred hearing on the bail pleas.
The NAB had filed a reference against the Khawaja brothers in the Paragon Housing Scheme scandal. The Khawaja brothers, Nadeem Zia, Umar Zia, and Farhan Ali were named as accused in the reference.
According to the NAB reference, the Khawaja brothers and Nadeem Zia owned 93.2 per cent shares in the Paragon Housing Society. It stated that the former railways minister received monetary benefits of Rs58 million from the society whereas his brother Rs39 million.