LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday adjourned bail plea of former senior minister of Punjab Abdul Aleem Khan till May 13.
A two-member bench of the LHC headed by Justice Ali Baqir Najfi heard the case.
At the outset of the hearing, NAB’s Investigation Officer (IO) informed the court that reference is being finalised against Aleem Khan and soon it will be filed in the NAB court.
Khan’s counsel Barrister Ali Zafar asked the court to grant his client bail as the bureau has failed to prove any charges against his client after his arrest in the month of February.
“The proceedings of the reference can also be carried out after bail”, he said.
To this, the court directed NAB to produce all the record of the investigation against PTI leader and adjourned the hearing till May 13.
According to the petition, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested Aleem Khan over the charges of his offshore companies and assets beyond known sources of income.
The petitioner said that he had declared his all assets and the companies in his income statements.
Khan called all NAB charges including the misuse of authority as baseless.
The NAB failed to prove any allegations against him, Aleem Khan said in his petition and pleaded to the court to order his release on bail.
The NAB in its charges against Khan alleged that the PTI leader was a common man in the year 2000 and suddenly became a millionaire as his assets now worth Rs 871 million. He remained Punjab minister from 2003 to 2007 and set up 35 companies, while his several bank accounts also surfaced, the anti-corruption watchdog claimed.