Court sends Ahsan Iqbal to jail on judicial remand while rejecting NAB request for granting further physical remand.


ISLAMABAD -- An accountability court (AC) in Islamabad has Monday sent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhry to jail on judicial remand in the Narowal Sports City (NSC) case while rejecting National Accountability Bureau (NAB) request for granting further physical remand of 14 days.

According to details, the former interior minister was produced before the AC judge Muhammad Azam Khan by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Rawalpindi office. The anti-corruption watchdog requested the court to extend Ahsan Iqbal's physical remand.

The AC judge said in his remarks that a 28-day physical remand of the PML-N leader is already completed and inquired that whether a 90-day remand is required.

The NAB prosecutor replied that Ahsan Iqbal was arrested on December 23 and investigations are still ongoing. Statements of witnesses were recorded after his detainment, the anti-graft body said. 'Hence we are seeking an extension,' he added.

The accountability court rejected NAB plea for extension and sent Ahsan Iqbal on 18-day judicial remand. The bench also granted Iqbal permission to meet family and receive home-cooked food. The next hearing is fixed for February 7.

Meanwhile talking to media persons after the...

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