Lahore: An accountability court on Tuesday accepted a plea filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to close an inquiry against Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain due to lack of evidence.
The accountability watchdog had opened an investigation into charges of corruption by Elahi and Hussain in 2000. The PML-Q leaders, through their accomplices Mirza Aslam Baig and Mohammad Nawaz, had allegedly purchased 21 kanals of land and 28 plots, each measuring 10 marla, in a private housing scheme.
According to Dawn, The Investigation Officer (IO) Waqar-ul-Haq told the court that NAB had found no evidence which suggested that the Chaudhry brothers had any connection to the purchase of land. He added that the plots were purchased by their employees and that the PML-Q leadership was not involved in the case.
Earlier in January, the investigation officer had suggested to discontinue the investigation with a note that no major progress had been made in the 19-year-old inquiry.