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Imran Khan, Bushra Bibi indicted in £190m reference

Update : 27 Feb 2024, 16:48

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan and his spouse Bushra Bibi were indicted on Tuesday by an accountability court in Rawalpindi in the £190 million settlement case.

Judge Nasir Javed Rana of the accountability court held the hearing at the Adiala jail, where the PTI founder is being held in connection with the cases pertaining to Toshakhana, cypher and unlawful marriage.

The charge sheet was read by the accountability court judge while Khan and Bushra were present in the courtroom.

Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi, deputy prosecutor for the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), and his team also made an appearance in court.

The NAB had initiated an investigation against Imran Khan, his wife, and others regarding the alleged acquisition of hundreds of canals of land under the name of Al Qadir University Trust, resulting in a reported loss of 190 million pounds to the exchequer.

During the hearing today, the court said that statements of 58 witnesses will be recorded in the case.

The judge asked the PTI founder if he was guilty or not while framing charges against him.

At this, Khan said: "Why should I read the charge sheet when I know what's written in it?"

Both Khan and his wife then denied the charges against them.

At this point, Khan came to the rostrum and said that they didn't want a delay in this case. "NAB was in a hurry before February 8, now we want a quick conviction."

The judge then asked if he had his teeth checked, to which the PTI founder replied in the negative, saying that he was told the doctor would visit the jail on Sunday.

"Now the jail administration is saying that the doctor would come next week," he added.

The court then approved Khan's petition seeking a general physician and dentist for his medical examination and dental check-up.

Later, PTI's counsel said that copies of references have to be provided seven days before the indictment, adding that these documents hold importance in relation to this case.

"We have filed a petition to share the copy of the documents," he added.

Meanwhile, NAB's deputy speaker said that all records of witnesses' statements will be provided to Khan and Bushra Bibi's lawyers.

The hearing was then adjourned on March 6 and the court also ordered five witnesses of NAB to attend the hearing.

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