LAHORE - A division bench of the Lahore High Court, headed by Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif Wednesday adjourned to September 29 next, the further hearing of a bail petition earlier moved by Hamesh Khan, main accused of Rs9 billion Punjab Bank loan scam. Counsel for Hamesh Khan, Mehmood Sheikh urged the court for adjournment pleading that he had filed an application before the Supreme Court (SC) to seek transfer of this plea by any other bench and the SC verdict was awaited. He prayed to the court that the proceedings may be adjourned till the decision on the application by the apex court. It is pertinent to mention that initially the counsel for Hamesh had requested the bench to transfer his client's bail petition to court of LHC Judge Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry because the judge had granted bail to Adil Khan, co-accused with Hamesh Khan in the same case. The counsel contended that having heard the scam case the judge was familiar with the facts of the case in hand. However, the CJ had dismissed his application, upon which the SC was moved for getting the bail matter fixed before the other Bench. In the bail petition, Mehmood took a plea that NAB took physical remand of Hamesh for 90 days but in period of three months, the NAB could not find any evidence 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 from the country. Hamesh was arrested in Dec 2009 from US following Pakistan's request to Interpol.