LAHORE: The accountability court of Lahore on Friday granted PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz an exemption from appearing before the court in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) case.
Accountability court judge Ameer Muhammad Khan conducted the hearing of the CSM case.
During the hearing today, the court asked what the status of the reference in the CSM case was, in response to which NAB prosecutor Hafiz Asadullah Awan said that the investigation was underway and as soon as it is completed, a reference will be filed.
PML-N vice president Maryam, who appeared in court today, submitted an application to be given exemption from court appearances until the filing of the reference.
Another application was submitted seeking an exemption for Nawaz’s attendance in the proceedings.
Meanwhile, regarding Nawaz’s exemption application, the judge asked why the former premier had not appeared in court today, in response to which his lawyer said that after the order from the LHC, Nawaz had gone abroad for treatment.
Maryam’s lawyer Advocate Amjad Pervez added that whenever his client has to appear before the court, the roads have to be closed.
In response to both exemption applications, NAB said it would submit a written reply. However, the court rejected the accountability watchdog’s request and told the bureau to present its arguments on Maryam’s application during the hearing.
However, the former premier has been granted an exemption for four weeks whereas his daughter Maryam has been granted an exemption from court appearances until the reference in the case is filed.
Ordering NAB to speedily submit a reference in the CSM case, the court adjourned proceedings until December 6.