OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - An accountability court on Wednesday abolished the three-year prison sentence awarded to PML-N leader Sohail Zia Butt in a reference of Rs 2 million. Butt had informed the court that he was abroad on account of which he could not appear before it in the reference filed against him. The court adjourned the hearing of the reference No 31/2001 by June 6, 2011. On last Thursday, the court adjourned hearing by May, 25 to record arguments against an acquittal application filed by PML-N leader Suhail Zia Butt. He is a co-accused in the reference filed in 2001 as he was charged with embezzling Rs 2 million in purchase of Ahmad Mansion at The Mall. In his application, Butt claimed to be innocent. He contended that he was involved in the reference on political basis, praying to the court to acquit him of the reference. Remand of Rs1.38b accused extended: An accountability court extended remand of Adil Saleem, the son-in-law of former MPA Iqbal Tikka, till June 6 in Rs 1.38 billion Qasr-e-Zauq property scam. The National Accountability Bureaus Punjab chapter had produced the accused before the court for seeking extension in his physical remand to continue investigation. As per case details, the accused was allegedly involved along with others in the land scam and got the property transferred in their names after kidnapping the owners of Qasre-e-Zauq, Sheikh Ayoub and his son Mohsin Ayoub. A three-member-bench of the apex court had ordered the NAB after hearing bail petition of Mohsin Ayoub to get back the property worth Rs 1.38 billion by conducting a comprehensive investigation and making arrests of the culprits involved in the scam. As the court had issued directive to the NAB Punjabs Rana Zahid to look into the investigation conducted earlier by Deputy Director Ziaullah Khan allegedly under some pressures and influence. During apex courts hearing of the case, it had been found that property of Qasar-e-Zauq located at Liberty Market Lahore was transferred to Asian Gas of Senator Ammar by the NAB despite freeze order of an accountability court and a stay given by the Lahore High Court. The NAB has so far recorded the statements of about 13 persons during the process of investigation including that of senators Waqar Ahmad and his brother Ammar Ahmad regarding the scam. CCPO asked to Produce mi-ssing person: An additional district and sessions judge on Wednesday directed the capital city police officer to look into the matter of a missing person, who was allegedly in the CIA custody, and produce him before the court. Judge Rao Abdul Jabar issued the directive in connection with a habeas corpus petition filed by one Naziran Bibi, a resident of Maleer Goth Karachi. She contended that the Iqbal Town CIA had conducted a raid on her house on May 19, 2011 and arrested her uncle, Muhammad Arif alias Ashiq. She informed the court that around five to six police officials took him to the nearest police station of Karachi. She told the court that her uncle was neither a criminal nor wanted to the police in any case but they (police officials) kept him in illegal custody. She said that she contacted CIA Sub-Inspector Nawaz and requested him to release her uncle but he demanded money as 'bribe for the release. She alleged that the SI also threatened her of killing her uncle in police encounter if she remained failed to provide the bribery. She requested the court to issue directive to police to produce Arif before magistrate concerned as police was avoiding his appearance before the court since his arrest. After that the judge issued notice to respondents like the CIA sub-inspector and constable Abdur Razaq Dogar to produce the detainee before the court. On the other hand, the CIA submitted its report claiming that the aforementioned person was not in their custody. It was also claimed in the report that Arif alias Ashiq was wanted to police in 24 decoity and murder cases. The report showed that the Punjab government had also fixed Rs 600,000 as head money of Ashiq. The judge directed the CCPO to probe into the matter and produce him also before court if the CIA had kept him in detention.