LAHORE - An accountability court on Monday sent a Punjab University former vice-chancellor and five ex-registrars on 14-day judicial remand to jail in an illegal appointments case.

Earlier, the NAB officials produced former VC Mujahid Kamran, Ameen Athar, Dr Aurangzaib, Dr Liaquat, Dr Kamran Zahid and Dr Raas Masood before Accountability Court Special Judge Syed Najamul Hassan on the expiry of their 10-day physical remand in the custody of the accountability watchdog. The court decision came after the NAB officials submitted an application and also argued that investigations had been completed from the accused and his physical remand was no more required. He submitted that accused to be sent to jail on judicial remand.

On the other side, the defence counsel requested the court to discharge the accused and opposed the NAB’s judicial remand plea. He said that all allegations levelled against the accused were baseless.

After hearing both the parties, the court earlier reserved its decision for some time and then sent the accused to jail on judicial remand for 14 days. The court directed for production of the accused on expiry of the remand term on November 5.

The NAB had arrested him after he appeared before its Lahore office to record his statement. He was held on charges of irregularities during his tenure.

The bureau produced him before the court along with five other accused.

The ex-vice chancellor is accused of carrying out massive irregularities during his tenure at the varsity. He was also charged with granting approval for several hirings in violation of the laws. He is accused of being involved in illegal appointment of his wife Shazia Qureshi as the principal of Punjab University Law College. Moreover, he allegedly awarded scholarships to students on the basis of nepotism, as well as gave contracts to his preferred contractors in violation of the laws are the other allegations against the educationist.

He was appointed as vice-chancellor of University of the Punjab on 3rd of January. 2008 and remained VC till 19th of December, 2016. During his tenure, the NAB alleged, he appointed numerous persons on contract on teaching and non-leaching posts without following the described procedure. He made contractual appointments of teaching staff under a committee. The committee was founded by Syndicate that was chaired by the accused, it was told. 

“The appointments in the university were to be made by the Syndicate on the recommendations of the Selection Board for teaching and other posts. The Selection Board shall consider the applications received in response to advertisement and recommend to the Syndicate the names of suitable candidates for appointment to teaching or other posts, as the case may be,” the NAB prosecutor told the court.