LAHORE - An accountability court on Monday again extended judicial remand of former Lahore Development Authority director general Ahad Khan Cheema and three others allegedly involved in Ashiyana-i-Iqbal housing scheme scam.

The court extended for another 14 days judicial remand of Cheema, Shahid Shafiq, Bilal Qidwai and Imtiaz Haider.  NAB officials produced the accused before the court for judicial remand and said the Punjab Land Development Company signed contract three years ago but could not complete the Ashiyana project. They said Cheema misused his authority as LDA DG and awarded Rs14 billion contract to a joint venture led by Lahore Casa Company in violation of rules. They said according to laws a contract above Rs150 million could not be given to any company without bidding.

Cheema was arrested by the NAB on Feb 21 last on charges of misusing his authority with criminal intent and awarding Rs14 billion contracts of the Ahshiyana-i-Iqbal housing scheme. It said procurement rules had been violated by the former chief of LDA. The NAB alleged that Bismillah Engineering Services Company owned by accused Shahid Shafiq was a proxy firm working on behalf of Paragon City Developers (Pvt) Ltd. It said that Cheema received illegal gratification in the form of 32 kanals of land from the owners of Paragon Developers.