LAHORE - Two national accountability courts Thursday sent former chairman of Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Asif Akhtar Hashmi on judicial remand for his alleged involvement in four references including illegal appointments and unauthorised sale of the board’s land.

NAB officials produced Hashmi in the courts of judges Muhammad Azam and Najamul Hassan and pleaded them for his physical remand. The judges, however, rejected their pleas and sent Hashmi to jail on judicial remand.

Hashmi was nabbed  after he returned to the country from the UAE last month. Hashmi served as the ETPB chairman between 2007 and 2013. He was accused of misusing his authority and keeping the ministry concerned in the dark and misappropriating millions of rupees. He was also accused of selling 1, 946 kanals land of the board to DHA on 25 per cent exemption basis in 2009. The NAB officials also accused him of making illegal investment worth Rs1870 million with a private company namely M/s High Links (Pvt) Limited.

The NAB said Hashmi ignored settled laws for the investment with the company and caused a huge loss to national exchequer.