LAHORE – A trial court on Saturday adjourned a post-arrest bail petition of Livestock and Dairy Development (L&DD) officials, including its director general and Idara-e-Kisan chief executive officer, until August 6 in a corruption case.

The counsel for Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) failed to submit the case record to the court of Anti Corruption Special Judge Chaudhry Muhammad Salim. The court directed the ACE counsel to produce the record on the next hearing.

Former L&DD Director General Dr Irfan Zahid, Idara-e-Kisan CEO Ameeruddin Bokhari and other accused filed the petition for bail in the case. The counsel for the accused, including Rana Ejaz, Talib Hussain Baloch and Mansoor Rehman Afridi, told the court that their clients were innocent and the ACE could not prove corruption by the officials thus the bail be granted.

As per FIR, former director general Zahid, Rawalpindi arid lands director Dr Abdul Rauf, former arid land director Dr Sajjad Zahir Malik, animal disease director Dr Anwer, former director and senior research officer Dr Rana Muhammad Hanif Khan and district livestock officers (DLOs) Dr Mansoor Ahmad, Muhammad Saeed Akhtar, Dr Rukanuddin, Dr Aqeel Khan, Abdul Jabbar and Dr Ejaz Qadeer, were nominated in the corruption case.

Separately, Additional District and Sessions Judge Ejaz Butt rejected the ACE’s plea for physical remand of livestock officials. Earlier, a judicial magistrate had rejected the ACE’s plea for physical remand and sent the accused on judicial remand. The ACE moved the court of an additional district and sessions judge against the civil court order.

The court observed that the ACE had been given physical remand of the accused and it could not prove any embezzlement by the officials. The counsels for the accused told the court that the ACE’s counsel wanted physical remand just to delay the proceedings. The court adjourned the hearing until August 24.

REPORT SOUGHT FROM SHO: An Additional District and Sessions judge on Saturday sought a report from North Cantonment station house officer (SHO) by Monday (tomorrow), on an application seeking registration of case against Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and his son MNA Hamza Shahbaz on the charges of extending life threats to the petitioner.

As per details, former PML-Q MPA Ahad Malik’s wife Riffat Ahad Malik filed an application under section 22 A 22 B, submitting that she along with her grand-daughter was on her way back from court when some armed people intercepted their car.

She said the armed people asked her to withdraw cases against Hamza Shahbaz and also hurled her life threats. The petitioner alleged that Shahbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shahbaz were behind these threats.

She said when she approached North Cantonment Police Station and filed an application requesting to register an FIR against the chief minister, his son Hamza Shahbaz and the people involved, the police refused to do so.

The petitioner prayed to the court to direct the SHO to register a criminal case against respondents. The judge after hearing the arguments sought reply from the SHO concerned and adjourned hearing until Monday (tomorrow).