LAHORE  - An Accountability Court (AC) on Monday adjourned hearing of Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing scheme case till  September 24.

Accountability Court Judge Amjad Nazir Chaudhry conducted the case proceedings, wherein jail authorities produced accused  Ahad Cheema and others. A witness was testified and cross examined by the defence, during the proceedings. 

The court directed prosecution to present further witnesses on the next date of hearing while adjourning the matter.

Pleaders on behalf of Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif  and  Former Bureaucrat Fawad Hassan Fawad also appeared before the court, as they had been given exemption from personal appearance in the case.

The court had indicted 13 accused including Shehbaz Sharif in the case, whereas Shehbaz Sharif and Fawad Hassan Fawad had obtained bail from the Lahore High Court. 

The NAB in the reference alleged that Shehbaz Sharif being the Chief Minister of Punjab misused his authority by unlawfully assuming powers of Board of Directors of PLDC. 

It said he in connivance with his co-suspects awarded a contract to an ineligible proxy firm that resulted in failure of Ashiana Housing Scheme causing a loss to public exchequer and deprived 61,000 applicants of houses.