LAHORE The Lahore High Court Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Khwaja Muhammad Sharif Wednesday dismissed as withdrawn the bail petition earlier filed by Hamesh Khan, the main accused in Bank of Punjab scam to the tune of Rs nine billion. The petitioner preferred to withdraw the petition after the matter relating to his prayer for transfer of his case to any other bench of the LHC, was dismissed by the Supreme Court. The SC had observed that it was prerogative of the Chief Justice to fix hearing of the case in view of its nature. Advocate for the petitioner Mehmood A Sheikh appeared before the court and sought permission to withdraw the petition on the plea the same would be filed later on with some amendments. The court granted the request. It may be reminded that Hamesh Khan, at present in NAB custody, has been urging the present Bench to transfer the bail matter to the other Bench headed by Justice Ijaz Ahmad Ch, which had earlier granted bail to Adil Khan, a co-accused with Hamesh in the same case and was well familiar with the facts of the matter. But the court rejected his plea whereupon Khan moved the Supreme Court. In the bail petition, Mr Mehmood took a plea that NAB took physical remand of Hamesh for 90 days but in period of three months NAB could not find anything against his client. Counsel also prayed that he should be granted bail as his co-accused in the case had already been given bail. The NAB had filed a reference on Sept 27, 2007, against 12 people, including six officials of Bank of Punjab and six other accused in Rs 9 billion fraud. After the filing of reference, name of the Hamesh was put on Exit Control List, however, in July 2008, he managed to flee the country. Hamesh was arrested in US following Pakistans request to the Interpol and was extradited to Pakistan.