The representatives of the anti-corruption organization from Punjab arrived in the capital at noon and left an hour later, saying that the local police officials had disobeyed court orders.
Syed Anwar Ali Shah, the director of ACE Punjab, claimed that in addition to violating court orders, the ACE team’s vehicles were also dragged out of the police station. As he left the Secretariat Police Station, he said to reporters, “We will let the court know about it tomorrow.
Brigadier Musaddiq Abbasi, a retired general and advisor to the Punjab Chief Minister for anti-corruption, claimed that Sanaullah had accepted two plots from the Bismillah Housing Scheme, an “unlawful residential society,” in the Chakwal area as a buy-off.
The session was presided over by Rawalpindi’s special judicial magistrate, Ghulam Akbar, who had also last week, at the ACE’s request, issued an arrest order for Sanaullah that was not subject to a bond requirement.
A special judicial magistrate of Rawalpindi gave the Punjab ACE officers instructions today, ordering them to arrest and bring Rana Sanaullah before the court.
According to the prosecutor, the proprietor of the society, Akhlaq Ahmed, was also charged with the attempted bribery of Mr. Sanaullah using a scheme to register the society.
The ACE team asked the court to declare the minister offender in today’s hearing but the magistrate rejected the plea, stating that the suspect could not yet be branded an official offender.