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LHC grants bail to ex-principal secretary to PM Fawad Hasan Fawad

LHC grants bail to Fawad Hasan in illegal assets case. Photo: Geo.tv/Files Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday granted bail to Fawad Hasan Fawad, former principal secretary to two ex-prime ministers in the assets beyond means case.The court awarded bail to the former principal secretary against bail bonds worth Rs10 million. During proceedings, the bench asked National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor about how much shares did the ex-principal secretary hold in the Motorway City and Kashmir Road plaza projects.Read more: SC judge recuses himself from NAB appeal against Shehbaz Sharif, Fawad Hasan s bailIn response, the prosecutor told the court that he was not aware of it and the information should be sought from the suspect. The court responded angrily by asking the NAB lawyer as to why the suspect would share that information, saying that he should have done his homework. The anti-graft watchdog had filed two separate cases against Fawad, who has also served as principal secretary to former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi when he was elected to the post after Nawaz Sharif s disqualification. According to NAB, the contract for the Ashiana housing scheme was won by a construction company titled Chaudhry Latif and Sons. However, NAB says then-Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif and his aides awarded the Rs14 billion contract to Lahore Casa Developers a proxy group of Paragon City (Pvt) Limited, which is said to be owned by former railways minister Saad Rafique.Fawad, who was implementation secretary to the chief minister Punjab at the time, levelled charges of wrongdoings against Chaudhry Latif and Sons allegedly for the contract to be awarded to Casa Developers.Read more: Accountability court approves 14-day physical remand of Fawad Hasan FawadIn a second reference filed in March last year, NAB accused Fawad of amassing Rs1.09 billion worth of illegal assets, including a five kanal commercial plot in Rawalpindi s Saddar area valued at around Rs50 million. According to The News, the former senior civil servant has not been proven guilty or convicted in any case and that he was in the custody of NAB since May 31, 2018. Fawad served as secretary implementation, Punjab health secretary and additional secretary for Prime Minister s Office.


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