In a major development, accountability courts have withdrawn major corruption cases against the accused, including prominent PML-N and PPP leaders.
According to the details, accountability courts have returned around 50 corruption references owing to the amendments in the National Accountability Bill (NAB).
A reference issued to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and son Hamza Shehbaz on Ramzan Sugar Mills case has been sent back to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). In 2018, NAB accused Shehbaz of issuing a directive while being Punjab’s chief minister for the construction of a drain in district Chiniot for the use of Ramzan Sugar Mills, which is owned by his sons Hamza and Suleman. NAB has said Rs200 million was spent for this purpose from public money.
Similarly, an accountability court returned six rental power plant (RPP) references against National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf back to NAB, declaring them not maintainable under the fresh changes in the related law. The six references included those of Reshma, Gulf, Samundri, Ratu Dero, and Satyana rental power projects.
The Universal Services Fund (USF) reference against PPP Senator Yousaf Raza Gillani in which he was accused of misusing authority in an illegal publicity campaign, was also returned.
NAB reference against Senator Saleem Mandviwala and Ejaz Haroon in the Kidney Hills plots allotment case has also been returned.