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Ahad Cheema asset case: NAB seizes Rs14.5m, luxury vehicle from a car showroom on Jail Road Lahore

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By Faisal Ali Ghumman

LAHORE: In another major development in Ahad Cheema-linked Ashiana corruption case, a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore team raided a renowned car showroom on Jail Road on Monday and seized Rs14.5 million cash and a luxury vehicle valuing Rs11 million approximately.
Sources in NAB speaking to Daily The Business claimed the cash belonged to Ahad Cheema who is currently on judicial remand in connection with the Ashiana Housing Scheme corruption scam.
They said during interrogations the investigators found evidence of the dealer’s secret contact with Cheema and mutual money deals.
Sources said the raiding team recorded statement of the dealer and left the venue.
The name of the car dealer and his name of his showroom was not revealed by the National Accountability Bureau authorities apparently because of the dealer’s business and his reputation.
When contacted, the National Accountability Bureau Lahore spokesman said the bureau could not reveal the name of car dealer and name of showroom at this point of time.
He said the investigation team would attempt to seek physical remand of Cheema in the illegal assets case in the backdrop of his investments beyond known sources of income and recent raid at the car showroom.
The spokesman further said former Lahore Development Authority’s Director General Cheema had not declared any newly discovered assets in his FBR’s income statements.
He said the National Accountability Bureau had so far detected several kanal lands into his name and the names of his close family members of Cheema and his Rs400 million investment in a housing society.
The investigation team has also managed to recover important information from the record of Cheema’s laptop and cell phones with the help deleted emails.
The NAB Lahore is continuing investigations into possessing of illegal assets by the senior bureaucrat and in this regard the latest raid was performed on the secret information provided to the bureau that the suspect had concealed cash in millions.
Sources further say the investigation is continuing on all aspects and further revelations are expected in days to come.

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