ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Monday turned down a request by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to extend the physical remand of detained Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ahsan Iqbal in the Narowal Sports City case and sent him to jail on judicial remand until next hearing.
At the outset of the hearing, NAB officials presented Iqbal before the judge, requesting a 14-day extension in his physical remand for further questioning in connection with an investigation into the scam.
However, the judge observed the accused has already been in the bureau’s custody for 28 days and asked if they want his 90-day physical remand.
A NAB prosecutor informed the court that Iqbal was arrested on Dec 23 as the probe into the case is underway. He added statements of witnesses have been recorded after the arrest of the PML-N leader.
Meanwhile, the court gave the accused permission to meet his family members inside the jail. He was also allowed to have home-cooked food and access to medical treatment.
Iqbal is accused of using government funds to build a sports city in Narowal. He had already filed a reply to a questionnaire given to him by the bureau previously.
Sources said the NAB Rawalpindi chapter has already received a complete record of the project to investigate alleged financial irregularities, which multiplied the estimated construction cost of Rs300 million to Rs3 billion.