LAHORE - Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Monday termed the allegations against a trial judge of accountability court by Hamesh Khan as partial.
Expressing full confidence in his judicial officer, the chief justice dismissed a petition moved by Hamesh Khan, main accused of Bank of Punjab (BoP) loan scam, seeking transfer of his case after levelling allegations of partiality against the trial judge.
The chief justice reviewed the statements submitted by a judge of the accountability court, Nisar Baig, and accuser, who was also former BoP president.
In his statement, Nisar Baig had said the main accused, Hamesh Khan, was being trialed according to law and the request of the accused seeking transfer of the trial was completely baseless.
Hamesh Khan, in the petition, had alleged through Azam Nazir Tarar that the judge of the accountability court had not been holding proceedings in the case as per the law and appeared to have become biased against him.  The judge was recording the statements of witnesses within his chamber instead in open court while the pace of recording the statements was also very slow, the counsel argued.
He added statements of only eleven witnesses out of 129 had been recorded so far which was also against the directions of the Supreme Court in which speed trial was directed.
Hamesh Khan and others were accused of sanctioning billions of rupees loans in violation of the rules of the BoP. Khan was arrested in Dec 2009 from the US with the help of Interpol.
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