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PTI’s Parvez Elahi remanded to NAB custody till August 21 in bribery case

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A Lahore accountability court on Tuesday remanded PTI President Chaudhry Parvez Elahi to the custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) till August 21 in a case about bribes over development project contracts.

A day earlier, the former Punjab chief minister was arrested by the anti-corruption watchdog shortly after he was released from Adiala jail. He was set free upon completing his 30-day detention under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) ordinance.

But as soon as he wal­ked out of Adiala jail’s gate, he was taken into cus­tody by a NAB team headed by Deputy Direc­tor Najamul Hassan. The team consisted of personnel from the bureau’s Raw­a­lpindi and Lahore zones.

Later, police obtained a one-day transitory rem­and of the PTI leader from a court in Rawalpindi.

NAB alleges that Elahi received bribes/kickbacks in exchange for getting the “contracts of road schemes of Gujrat Highways Division awarded to favourite/hand-picked contractors”.

His son Moonis Elahi, Mahr Azmat Hayat and others are also accused. The case claims that the co-accused were “involved in causing loss to the government exchequer to the tune of millions of rupees against receipt of commission/kickbacks and committed offences of corruption and corrupt practices” under Section 9(a) of the NAB ordinance, 1999.

Earlier today, a frail-looking Elahi was presented before the accountability court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Zubair Shahzad Kiyani.

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