ISLAMABAD  -  The Supreme Court Friday directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to produce on December 16 the owners and developers of a housing scheme, who have been absconding since May 2013.

A divisional bench comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany heard the bail matter of Faiz Ahmed Khan against the Accountability Court, Lahore. Qazi Misbah-ul-Hassan, representing Faiz Ahmed, contended that his client had been languishing in the jail since July 2013, while the NAB officials had not arrested the main accused in the corruption case.

He informed that Mohammad Jamil, Muhammad Ameen and Muhammad Hameed, the main accused, are the owners and developers of Ghulshan Dost Muhammad Housing Foundation, Patoki, Lahore, while his client was only accountant in the housing scheme.

The accused had committed Rs80 million fraud in the sale of plots. They received the money from the people but did not hand them over the plots. When the case was filed in NAB the accused returned Rs55 million.

The NAB deputy prosecutor informed the bench that the efforts were being made to arrest the other accused and the Accountability court had issued the summons, which were served to them. The Court not satisfying with his reply summoned the Prosecutor General NAB and adjourned the hearing for half-an-hour.

When the hearing resumed after the break, Prosecutor General NAB Waqas Kabir Dar, appeared before the bench, said that names of the accused have been placed on the ECL. He had said on 23rd May the arrest warrants were issued but could not be executed. Justice Jawwad questioned why the country came into being for the privileged class, where the police arrest the poor and hesitate to lay hand on the powerful. The judge directed the PG NAB to produce the owners and developers of Gulshan Dost Housing Foundation and also present Faiz Ahmed regarding his bail. The hearing was adjourned till December 16.