LHC extends interim bail of Saad, Salman till Dec 11

LAHORE: A Lahore High Court (LHC) division bench on Wednesday extended interim bail of PML-N leaders Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Khawaja Salman Rafique till December 11.

The division bench headed by Justice Mohammad Tariq Abbasi passed the orders while hearing pre-arrest bail petitions filed by Khawaja brothers.

At the outset of the proceedings, Khawaja Saad and Khawaja Salman appeared before the bench on expiry of their interim bail.

The bench was apprised that Khawaja brothers’ counsel Azam Nazir Tarar and Amjad Pervez were busy in the Supreme Court. The bench was requested to adjourn the matter in view of their engagement.

Then, the bench inquired National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor whether a decision had been made on Khawaja brothers’ application for change of investigation against them.

To which, the prosecutor submitted that the chairman NAB heard the parties and a decision would be made within next two or three days, in this regard.

In response to another query, the prosecutor submitted that grounds of Khawaja brothers’ arrest were available.

Subsequently, the bench extending the interim bail of Khawaja brothers till Dec 11 directed the prosecutor to make it a part of the court record.

Both brothers had filed the bail petitions saying that National Accountability Bureau had initiated various inquiries against them. They submitted that they were completely cooperating in investigations and they had furnished all the required record to the bureau interrogators. But, despite that there was a possibility that the interrogators might arrest them, they added. They pleaded with the court to grant interim bail.

It is pertinent to mention that Khawaja Salman Rafique was involved in Paragon City scam only whereas Khawaja Saad Rafique was not only involved in Paragon scam but Railway and Ashiana scams as well, as per NAB report submitted in the court earlier. The NAB had issued arrest warrants of both brothers in Paragon scam.