SUKKUR: An accountability court here on Monday adjourned the hearing in assets beyond means case involving Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Syed Khursheed Shah and his immediate family.
The hearing was adjourned until July 14 due to the non-appointment of a presiding officer of the accountability court.
The position has been lying vacant for the past one-and-a-half-month since the completion of the tenure of former accountability judge Ameer Ali Mahesar. Many important references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) are facing a delay owing to the non-availability of a judge.
The bureau had arrested Shah in September last year in a case regarding his alleged assets beyond means.
Multiple corruption cases against Shah are under investigation with NAB. In 2012, an accountability court had directed NAB to file a reference against him on a complaint pertaining to the alleged accumulation of illegitimate assets.
The following year, NAB had reopened two corruption cases against Shah under the directives of the Lahore High Court (LHC).
In July last year, anti-corruption chief retired Justice Javed Iqbal had approved nine inquiries against different personalities, including Shah. The bureau has been investigating him since August. It was alleged that the PPP leader built bungalows, petrol pumps, and hotels in the name of benamidaars.
Shah is accused of allotting to himself an amnesty plot illegally from a cooperative society in Sukkur.