SUKKUR: An accountability court in Sukkur on Tuesday extended the physical remand of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Khursheed Shah by six more days in a case relating to assets beyond means of income.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had presented Shah in the accountability court upon the conclusion of his remand.
During today’s proceedings, Shah told the court that if he were free, he would have provided NAB with all the evidence it needed.
To this, the judge told the veteran PPP leader that he does not have the authority to grant him bail. “To get bail you have to go through the proper forums,” the judge told Shah.
Shah told the court, “I am an honourable politician. I paid Rs2.7million in taxes this year and the children paid separate tax.”
The veteran politician further told the court that he had a heart problem and that his health might worsen. “At the time my health deteriorated but I did not tell anyone about it,” he said.
“Shah sahib, you made one mistake, you did not repeal the NAB law,” the judge remarked.
The NAB lawyer told the court that when the PPP leader was asked what his family’s source of income was, he said to ask his family. “When asked where the Rs300million came from did, he [Shah] did not have an answer. There was even a transaction of Rs280milion done, but Shah has not provided us [NAB] with any money trail,” he said.
Shah owned a house worth Rs250million, along with properties worth millions in Sukkur and Karachi, added the anti-graft watchdog’s lawyer.
The NAB lawyer continued and said Shah had public properties and he must answer for them.
The accountability watchdog lawyer further added, “we have three bank accounts belonging to Shah with Rs280million in them.”
The accountability watchdog then requested for a 15-day extension of the physical remand PPP leader, however, the court only extended the physical remand for six days, and ordered Shah be presented on October 21.
Arrested by NAB from Islamabad last month, the PPP leader is accused of allotting to himself an amnesty plot illegally from a cooperative society in Sukkur during an ongoing prolonged investigation. It was also alleged that Shah built bungalows, petrol pumps, and hotels in the name of others (benamidaar).
NAB Sukkur had summoned Shah through a letter, however, the PPP leader wrote back to the authority, declining to appear before it.
On July 31, the NAB had given approval for an inquiry against the senior PPP leader.