LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Saturday informed a special court in Lahore that it had found no evidence against Suleman Shehbaz about money laundering charges amounting to Rs16 billion in the sugar scam case.
The FIA investigators submitted a challan in the special court central during the hearing of a bail plea filed by the son of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the case.
As per the challan, the suspects – Suleman and Tahir Naqbi, were not involved in receiving kickbacks and had no link with the case, the judge remarked.
After reviewing the challan, the judge asked the suspects if they wanted to withdraw their bail petitions. Which, they took back the pleas for pre-arrest bail in the money laundering case.
Later, the court adjourned the hearing till Feb 4.
The development comes days after Suleman Shehbaz appeared before an investigation team in FIR 39/2020 related to the Ramzan Sugar Mills and benami accounts to submit his reply.
Last year, the special court acquitted PM Shehbaz and his elder son, Hamza Shehbaz, in this case, registered against them in Nov 2020.
Suleman and Naqvi had been declared proclaimed offenders by the court for not appearing in the hearings despite the issuance of summons. However, he secured bail from the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in Dec 2022 and reached back to Pakistan after ending his four-year self-exile.