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ISLAMABAD: The Accountability Court, on Thursday, again deferred indictment of former secretary Interior Shahid Khan and others in a corruption reference pertaining to embezzlement of around Rs 40 million in plots allocated for martyrs’ widows till September 30.

The Accountability Court-II Judge, Muhammad Azam Khan, while hearing case against former secretary Khan, Muhammad Rafiq Hassan, and others, deferred framing of charge against the accused due to the lawyers’ protest.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor, Usman Masood, and the defense counsel appeared before the court.

The court adjourned hearing of the case till September 30.

The NAB, in November 2020, filed a reference against former secretary Interior Shahid Khan and others.

The NAB reference alleged that former secretary Khan had devoured the expensive commercial plot of the National Police Foundation (NPF), which was allocated for the families of martyrs.

It said that the accused applied against the plot and then got it allotted to him.

The accused got this commercial plot in sector E-11 against only Rs 2 million and sold it against Rs40 million after just two days.

The reference said that the former secretary was not eligible for the plot in accordance of top court’s judgment.

The NAB Chairman former Justice Javed Iqbal had taken suo motu action against the accused in 2015.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021

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