Lahore: An Accountability court has indicted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif and Opposition Leader in Provincial Assembly Hamza Shahbaz in Ramzan Sugar Mills case.
According to details, accountability court conducted hearing of Ramzan Sugar Mills case against Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza Shahbaz in which both appeared before the court.
During the hearing, court directed to start indictment proceedings over which, the PML-N’s lawyer Advocate Amjad Pervez sought time for preparation of the arguments.
“We need some time to prepare for the arguments,” Advocate Amjad Pervez said.
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“You had six months to prepare for the case. We have fixed this case today to indict the accused”, court replied while instructing the lawyer to complete his arguments.
After the completion of arguments, court indicted Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza Shahbaz in Ramzan Sugar Mills case. Both accused pleaded not guilty in courtroom.
The verdict was pronounced Justice Amjad Nazir Chaudhry of the accountability court.
On Feb 18, 2019, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed a reference against Shahbaz Sharif and Hamza Shahbaz, alleging the former Chief Minister Punjab misused his authority and got constructed a 10-km sludge carrier in district Chiniot to facilitate Ramzan Sugar Mills, owned by his sons.
The bureau alleged that the step inflicted a loss of Rs. 213 million to the national exchequer.
The bureau said that the approval of the construction was given on a fake application filed by the then MPA Maulana Rehmatullah, showing the drain as a public project and public funds were misused for the benefit of the Sharif’s family business.