LAHORE: An accountability court on Monday extended physical remand of Engineer Qamarul Islam and Waseem Ajmal in Punjab Saaf Pani Company (PSPC) corruption case till August 13.
Earlier, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials produced both the accused persons before Accountability Court Judge Syed Najamul Hassan on expiry of their remand. The NAB prosecutor submitted that investigations were in progress and further remand was required for the purpose. But, the defense counsel opposed the request saying that the accused were arrested on baseless allegations and no evidence was available against them.
However, the court after hearing arguments of the parties extended the physical remand till August 13 and directed officials to produce the accused on expiry of the term.
Islam served as the chief executive officer of the PSPC. He is accused of having awarded contracts for water treatment plants at a higher price.
The PSPC is one among 56 public limited companies, formed by the Punjab government soon after assuming power in Punjab in 2013.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th, 2018.