An accountability court on Wednesday dismissed an acquittal applications of media top business man, Jang group editor-in-chief Mir Shakilur Rehman and two others in a reference of 34-year-old illegal allotment of 54 kanal.
The two other predators include the former director-general of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Humayon Faiz Rasool and its former director of land development department Mian Bashir Ahmad appeared before the court.
The court dismissed the applications for being premature by holding that the prosecution should be given fair opportunity to produce its material. The court directed the prosecution to present its witnesses on September 22.
The applicant’s counsel in defence said that the prosecution case was false, frivolous, and without any incriminating evidence. Counsel requested to allow their applications for acquittal under section 265-K of Cr.P.C and acquit them of the charges.
NAB special prosecutor Harris Qureshi while opposing the acquittal applications submitted that strong evidence was available on record to establish the offenses of corruption against the suspects. He also submitted that the accused moved the acquittal applications at a premature stage as the material was yet to be examined by the trial court.
The court had already declared ex-prime minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif an absconder for not joining the court’s proceedings.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) alleged that Shakirur Rehman illegally obtained exemption of 54 plots each measuring one-kanal situated in Block-H, Johar Town. It alleged that this illegal allotment was made with the connivance of then chief minister, Punjab Nawaz Sharif against the exemption policy and the laws for monetary gains.
The NAB further alleged the suspects caused a loss of Rs143.53 million to the national exchequer through allotment of the land in violation of exemption policy.