LAHORE - National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has started another comprehensive inquiry against former LDA DG Ahad Khan Cheema on the charges of having assets beyond his known sources of income.

“We have gathered sufficient evidences in this regard and may file another reference against Cheema,” said sources in the NAB Tuesday. The NAB has detected more than 120 kanals of land in the name of Ahad Cheema in the city and other parts of the province. The bureau has also issued letters to the DCOs of different districts seeking details of lands in the name of Cheema and his family members. Ahad had filed a writ petition in Lahore High Court, claiming there was no legal ground with the NAB to arrest him. That petition was dismissed Tuesday by the court with the direction to approach the relevant forum for the redress of his grievances.

The Punjab government was trying to secure Ahad’s admission to any provincial hospital of the city for his medical checkup, but the NAB did not allow it because its investigators believed once Cheema was admitted to any hospital being run under the Punjab government, he would remain there for a long time and it would be very difficult for its investigators to continue investigations as they have to follow the instructions of doctors in hospitals. That was why he was referred to Sheikh Zayed Hospital of the federal government after a great hue and cry from different circles about Cheema’s poor health. The doctors of the hospital declared him totally fit.

Cheema is already facing charges of having gotten 32 kanals of land illegally. The NAB has, however, unearthed more land in his name and his family members’ names. The anti-graft body revealed Cheema purchased 49 kanals of land and 19 kanals, seven marlas in Tedda village in the names of his sister Sadia Manzoor and cousin Ahmad Hassan.  Cheema was arrested on February 21, 2018, in Ashiana Housing scam and since then he has been into the NAB custody.

The court extended his remand for 14 days Tuesday. He has spent almost two months into the NAB custody and is likely to remain there for 90 days in this case.

Since a fresh inquiry of having illegal assets has been started against him, he will remain into the NAB custody for further 90 days as the anti-graft body claims it has very strong evidences against him.