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LAHORE: An anti-narcotics court in Lahore deferred indictment of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Rana Sanaullah and other accused in the drug recovery case.
During the hearing on Saturday, the lawyer of the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) told the court that copies of all relevant documents have been provided to the accused besides providing the case record to the court.
Rana Sanaullah’s counsel Farhad Ali Shah said that ANF had interrogated more than 100 persons in the case. He pleaded the court to order de-freezing of salary account as his client was facing financial constraints and added that the national identity card has also been blocked.
The judge asked how Rana Sanaullah despite facing financial troubles was managing to pay the fees of a senior lawyer. Advocate Shah responded that he was not charging a single penny for the case.
The judge maintained that all records were handed over to the accused. The counsel argued that the copies of the statements provided by the prosecutor are not available. The court ordered the prosecution to provide copies of the records to Rana Sanaullah’s lawyer.
The court ordered all accused to ensure their presence in the next hearing where they will be indicted in the case. Later, the hearing was adjourned till February 4.
Rana Sanaullah was arrested last year in July by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) from the Islamabad-Lahore motorway. The ANF claimed that 15 kilograms of drugs were recovered from the PML-N leader’s car. He was released on bail on December 26. His name was also placed on the Exit Control List (ECL).