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Court refuses extension of Shahbaz's custody to NAB in housing scam, sends him to judicial custody

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

An accountability court in on Thursday sent of Opposition in Sharif to jail on eight-day judicial remand in connection with his alleged role in a housing scheme scam.

The (NAB) had taken Shahbaz, the younger brother of Nawaz Sharif, into custody on October 5 in the Rs 14 billion Ashiana-i-Iqbal housing project scam.

He is accused of allegedly cancelling the contract of a successful bidder in the scheme and awarding the same to his favourite firm. He was also arrested by the NAB in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case.

Amidst protests by Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) workers, was produced before the accountability court in for a hearing in the scam and the NAB requested extension to his remand for another 15 days.

Seeking the extension his remand, NAB argued that the probe in another case was underway and the agency needs his custody for another 15 days for interrogation.

He said NAB had received information that had "benami accounts" in which a sum of Rs 5 billion had been transferred.

Shahbaz's said his client's finances from 2011 to 2017 were clearly stated in the records of his tax return and no "dubious transaction" was detected.

The then refused to further extend Shahbaz's remand and sent him to till December 13.

Meanwhile, several workers suffered minor injuries and about a dozen were arrested when they clashed with police outside the court when Shahbaz was being produced before the

The workers gathered outside the court to protest against the NAB and the

They clashed with police while trying to enter the court premises, following which police resorted to baton charge and arrested over a dozen PML-N workers, officials said.

Reacting to baton charge, PML-N termed the police action as "fascist" and said "the people of today saw the true colour of the "

She said the party workers had come to see their leader but the police baton-charged them and dragged them to their vans.

She said police arrested over a dozen PML-N workers.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 20:45 IST