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Former LDA head Ahad Cheema, four others sent on judicial remand until August 9

July 27, 2018
The court was hearing the Ashiana Iqbal Housing scheme reference

Lahore’s accountability court remanded former director general of the Lahore Development Authority Ahad Cheema and four others into judicial custody until August 9.

The court was hearing the Ashiana Iqbal Housing scheme reference.

The anti-corruption watchdog, NAB, began an investigation into the Ashiana Iqbal Housing scam in November after it received complaints regarding an illegal deal involving 3,000 public kanals between the Punjab Land Development Company, a government-owned company, and private companies.

An accountability court in Lahore extended on Saturday the physical remand of former principal secretary to the prime minister Fawad Hassan Fawad. The investigation officer informed the court that the accused misused his authority while he was implementation secretary to Punjab's chief minister.

The accused allegedly cancelled the contract of a company that won the bidding for the Ashiana Iqbal Housing scheme and awarded it to another company, causing a loss of Rs6 million to the national exchequer. The unnecessary delay also increased the cost of the project, the accountability watchdog claimed. Accepting the investigation officer’s request, the court extended Fawad’s physical remand by 14 days on July 21.

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