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Court orders closure of 20-year-old inquiries against Chaudhrys

LAHORE: An accountability court ordered to close inquiries against Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi on the request of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

NAB Prosecutor Hafiz Assad Ullah and the investigation officer appeared before accountability court judge Sheikh Sajjad Ahmad and said NAB had found no evidence against the Chaudhrys.

As per details, there were three inquiries against the Chaudhry brothers. The first one was into allegations of acquiring illegal assets.

The second inquiry was against Elahi, accusing him of making illegal appointments in local government departments.

The third inquiry on charges of loan default against the duo had already been closed with the approval of the trial court.

The NAB chairman had already suggested the closure of the inquiries in the light of the reports submitted by the investigating officer.

The Chaudhry brothers had challenged the inquiries against them before the LHC, whereas NAB informed the court that the inquiries had been closed for want of evidence.

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