The PTI leader has been arrested in a corruption case registered against him in Gujranwala.
The PTI leader was arrested a day earlier by the Anti-Corruption Establishment Punjab in the Rs70 million corruption case related to the embezzlement of development funds allocated for the Gujrat district.
Judicial Magistrate Ghulam Murtaza Virk issued the release orders while announcing the verdict he had reserved on a plea seeking Elahi’s physical remand.
“Parvez Elahi should be released if he is not wanted in any other case,” the verdict had said.
Judicial Magistrate Murtaza had reserved the verdict after hearing the former Punjab chief minister’s case, where ACE Punjab requested the court for his 14-day physical remand.
During the hearing, Elahi’s counsel Advocate Rana Intizar informed the court that all documents related to the projects are available.
“Anti-corruption watchdog is introducing its own law under which the judge hearing the cases will be of their choice,” the council said, adding that on January 17, 2023, a payment worth Rs360 million was made when Naqvi was the chief minister.
Earlier today, the former Punjab chief minister claimed innocence and said that he is a “supporter” of the Pakistan Army, urging party supporters to stay strong.
Elahi — while speaking to reporters before his appearance in the court — said: “I am innocent and a supporter of Pakistan Army.”
In his message to party workers and supporters, the former CM urged them to “stay strong”.
While speaking to Geo News, Elahi (without naming anybody) took a jibe at the former party leaders who announced their decision to part ways with PTI chief Imran Khan, saying that he won’t hold any press conference.
Elahi recalled that he did not make any political case against anyone and blamed Punjab CM Mohsin Naqvi for his current predicament.
“Naqvi has done injustice to me.”
It should be noted that two cases have been registered in Gujranwala against the former Punjab chief minister on the charges of receiving kickbacks in awarding contracts while one case has been lodged in Lahore against the former chief minister.
Earlier, a special judge of the anti-corruption court in Lahore issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Elahi, ordering authorities to produce him by June 2. Two arrest warrants have been issued for the PTI leader. The first one was issued on May 25 after the cancellation of bail while the second one on May 26.
In April, the ACE Gujranwala filed a case against the PTI president citing a report based on sources, in which the former Punjab CM was accused of taking a Rs2 billion bribe for the contract of a development scheme.
In another case, an FIR No 6/23 was registered against Elahi for taking a bribe of Rs120 million from an international organisation — a Turkish company.
The anti-corruption court judge also declared Elahi’s medical certificate as bogus which claimed that he had been experiencing chest pain.