LHC rejects bail plea for Rafique brothers in Paragon Housing Society scam

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday announced its reserved verdict and rejected a bail application filed by former minister for Railways and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) Member of the National Assembly (MNA) Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Salman Rafique in the Paragon Housing Society case.

A two-member bench, comprising of Justice Ali Baqir Najfi, presided over the hearing today.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore prosecutor argued before the bench that the Khawaja brothers owned the Paragon Housing Society, and their aide Qaiser Amin Butt, the director of Paragon Housing Society, has turned approver against them in the case.

The NAB prosecutor also termed the housing scheme “illegal”, and stated that the Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) had approved the scheme ‘provisionally’ and the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) had dismissed an application of its approval.

Moreover, the bench was informed that people were looted by selling the plots in the society on maps.

Contrarily, Khawaja brothers’ counsel pleaded with the court for approving an interim bail with a reason that a session of the National Assembly (NA) was ongoing and experts’ opinion was required by his clients before they could present their recommendations in the parliament [for budget].

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