LAHORE - A division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday turned down a request for early hearing of bail petition of Hamesh Khan, main accused of Rs 9 billion Punjab Bank loan scam and adjourned further proceedings till August 23. Mehmood A Sheikh, Counsel for Hamesh Khan, filed bail petition early on Wednesday and it was fixed for hearing for the same day before a division bench comprising Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif and Justice Waqar Hassan Mir. In the petition, Mr Mehmood took a plea that NAB took physical remand of Hamesh for 90 days but in period of three months NAB could not find any evidence against his client. Counsel also prayed that he should be granted bail as his co-accused in the case had already been given bail. As the hearing started the counsel for Hamesh requested the bench to transfer his clients bail petition to court of LHC Judge Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry because the judge granted bail to Adil Khan, co-accused in Hamesh Khan in the same case, and having heard the case before the judge was familiar with the facts of the case in hand. However, the chief justice rejecting the request for transfer of petition to any other LHC judge observed that there is no need to transfer the bench of Justice Ijaz Chaudhry or any other judge and it will be heard where it has been fixed for hearing. After this, the CJ said the case would be heard on or after August 23 but Mr Mehmood raising objection on long adjournment persuaded the bench for hearing the case very next day (Thursday). Upon this, the CJ in an angry mood remarked what is the haste? The accused Hamesh has been absconder for a long time abroad and now you are asking for hearing of the matter non-stop way just in days without even getting reply of the NAB authorities. The bail petition of Hamesh be fixed for August 23, the CJ directed his court staff. The bench also sought reply from NAB authorities on the bail petition of Hamesh for next date of hearing. The NAB had filed a reference on Sept 27, 2007, against 12 people, including six officials of Bank of Punjab and six other accused in Rs 9 billion fraud. After the filing of reference, name of the Hamesh was put on Exit Control List, however, in July 2008, he managed to flee the country. Hamesh was arrested in Dec 2009 from US following Pakistans request to Interpol.