LAHORE: Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Khawaja Salman Rafique were acquitted of charges in the Paragon Housing Society case by an accountability court in the Punjab capital on Wednesday due to a lack of jurisdiction.
The judge announced the verdict after hearing arguments on acquittal pleas filed by the leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
The court stated that it could not proceed with such references due to the amendment to the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO).
NAB had filed the reference in May 2019, alleging that siblings Umar Zia, Nadeem Zia, and Farhan Ali committed fraud, causing Rs. 590 million in losses to the public in the housing society scandal.
During the hearing, the Khawaja brothers’ lawyer argued that his clients were neither shareholders nor held any position in the housing society and NAB had failed to present any concrete evidence against them.