LAHORE - Parvez Elahi’s alleged frontman managed to escape from anti-corruption custody in Gujranwala on Wednesday.
Arrested in an anti-corruption case lodged against former Punjab chief minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, Moonis Elahi’s close aide Sohail Asghar escaped from the custody of the anti-corruption police in Gujranwala. Anti-corruption establishment alleged that fugitive Mr Awan had awarded contract of construction and repair of Nabiha Bridge to Chitanwala Road Gujrat to his favourite contractor. Awan has also been accused of awarding repair and construction of road to his favourite contractor taking 5 million as kickback.
According to anti-corruption sources, the accused was being shifted to a hospital after his health deteriorated during custody. The unidentified people riding on a 4-wheel vehicle approached the official vehicle near the General Bus Stand and stopped it by force and took Awan with them forcibly. Investigative journalist Hassan Naqvi in his vlog claimed that on Wednesday Sohail Asghar was ready to give a confessional statement against Parvez Elahi under Section 164 just before he was kidnapped by some people.
The accused Sohail Asghar was in custody of the ACE police on a two-day physical remand and was to be produced in court again on Wednesday. Sohail Asghar was accused of giving kickbacks to Parvez Elahi by getting contracts in development projects. The case of Parvez Elahi’s frontman Sohail Asghar escaping from anti-corruption custody has been registered on the complaint of circle officer anti-corruption in Model Town police station of Gujranwala. Asghar Awan was detained from Sessions Court Lahore by anti-corruption Punjab last month. Spokesman Anti-Corruption claimed that the case against the former CM had been registered on the basis of solid evidence, adding Parvez Elahi and Company had received a bribe of Rs 12.5 crore for payment of Rs 2.9 billion to a foreign company through Lahore Waste Management Company.
The spokesman further claimed that the deal of Pervez Elahi, Moonis Elahi and Muhammad Khan Bhatti was arranged by Zubair Khan, a friend of Monis Elahi. Parvez Elahi received RS65 million for the due amount of the foreign company. According to the anti-corruption spokesperson, the accused Parvez Elahi, Moonis Elahi, Muhammad Khan Bhatti and Zubair Khan, misused their powers, to pressurise Lahore Waste Management Company Ali Anan Qamar to make an immediate payment of Rs2.9 billion.