Fawad Chaudhry's physical remand in NAB custody extended for four days in graft case

Accountability court directs NAB officials to produce Fawad before it on January 9

By
Arfa Feroz Zake

Police officials escort former federal minister Fawad Chaudhry to present him before a court in Lahore on January 25, 2023. — AFP
Police officials escort former federal minister Fawad Chaudhry to present him before a court in Lahore on January 25, 2023. — AFP
  • NAB tells court it has to recover banking records about Fawad.
  • Accountability court allows his family to meet former minister.  
  • Anti-graft watchdog says it has doubts Fawad received bribes.  


An accountability court in Islamabad Friday granted the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) another four-day extension in the physical remand of former federal minister Fawad Chaudhry in a corruption case related to development projects in Jhelum.

Islamabad Accountability Court-1 Judge Muhammad Bashir extended Fawad’s physical remand on NAB’s request as the anti-graft watchdog’s prosecutor apprised the court that they had to recover banking records related to the suspect.

After examining seven bank accounts, the NAB found some of the transactions “suspicious”, the prosecutor said, adding that they have doubts about the former federal minister “receiving bribes”.

After hearing arguments from both sides, the accountability court served the verdict which was later announced on the same day.

In its verdict, the court granted NAB a four-day extension in Fawad’s physical remand and directed the officials to produce the suspect before the court on January 9.

In addition to this, the court also approved Fawad’s plea seeking permission to meet with his family during the detention.

It is pertinent to mention here that NAB had taken Fawad into custody on December 16 in the corruption case. NAB Chairman Lt-Gen (retd) Nazir Ahmed Butt had signed an arrest warrant for Chaudhry after which he was taken into custody from Adiala jail — where he was incarcerated in the fraud case.

On December 20, the anti-graft watchdog got a 10-day physical remand of the former federal minister. After completion of the remand, Fawad was presented before the court on December 30.

During the course of the proceedings, NAB Prosecutor Irfan Bhola told the court that the former PTI leader was under interrogation and was divulging details related to alleged irregularities. Later, the court extended his physical remand for another six days.