A banking court in Lahore on Saturday extended the interim bails of Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza in a money laundering case until October 9.

The officials of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) shared evidence with the court against the duo in five cases.

A sugar commission that was formed in 2020 found that the Ramzan Sugar Mills, owned by the Shehbaz Sharif family, was involved in fraud, FIA senior officer Dr Rizwan told the court.

He said that bank accounts were opened in the names of poor people, he added.

The FIA official said that they have traced 57 such bank accounts in the names of 20 employees of the sugar mill, adding that they were probing 55,498 suspicious transactions.

When the judge asked that how much time would they take to complete investigations, the FIA officer said that currently, they were not in the position to submit the challan in the case, as the suspects were not cooperating with them. He further said, “It is not an ordinary case.”

“The FIA’s senior official was telling a lie in the court,” Shehbaz told the court when the judge called him to the rostrum.

He said that neither he was a director of the sugar mill nor he received salary from it.

The PML-N president said that FIA officials misbehaved with him when he was summoned.

Meanwhile, FIA’s lawyer told the court the fake bank accounts were opened in collaboration with two officers of a private bank.

He said that the banks were also not cooperating with the agency officers.

He requested the court to order the banks and the suspects to cooperate with FIA in investigations.

On an occasion, Shehbaz requested the court to allow him to speak but the judge rejected his request, saying that he has listened to him.

The story was filed by the News Desk.
The Desk can be reached at info@thecorrespondent.com.pk.

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