LAHORE - The Chief Justice Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday accepted an application of Interior Minister Rehman Malik for exemption from personal appearance in the court on April 29 for hearing of corruption cases against him. The interior minister visiting Lahore High Court filed an application in the court of chief justice stating therein that he (Malik) was scheduled to visit Tajikistan to attend a high-level meeting from April 28 to 30 and thus he should be exempted from his personal appearance before the court for hearing of the cases fixed for April 29. Rehman also said after Tajikistan visit he would go to China on May 5 for another official business. Malik said his lawyers would be present in the court for joining the hearing on his behalf. The chief justice granted him exemption from personal appearance saying that he may go on his tour but proceedings would not stop so his lawyers should be appear in the court on April 29 for taking part in the proceedings on his behalf. Division bench of Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif and Justice Waqar Hassan Mir is hearing appeals against the conviction of Rehman Malik by accountability courts in two references made by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). In 1997 the federal minister was granted bail after his conviction. One reference against Rehman was registered by FIA on complaint of one Hashim Raza, a resident of Lahore. He alleged Rehman Malik along with Muhammad Sajjad Haider, AD/FIA Islamabad, and others raided his house in August 1994 and looted 20 tolas gold and Rs 700,000. The complainant further alleged that two persons in plainclothes snatched US $ 20,000 from his brother when they transported him from Lahore Airport to FIA office on his (brothers) arrival from USA. In second reference Rehman Malik and others were accused of receiving two cars worth Rs1,798,000 from one Saleem Godial of Toyota Central Motors, Karachi, as gratification on account of purchase of official vehicles by FIA. Advocate Gaffran Khurshid, counsel for complainant Hashim Raza, had opposed the application for Rehmans exemption from personal appearance in the court.