The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Monday filed a challan in the Special Court Central-1 in the Rs 16 billion mega money laundering case against Leader of PML-N Shehbaz Sharif and his sons Suleman Shehbaz and Hamza Shehbaz Sharif.
However, due to a determination of the question of jurisdiction, the FIA Lahore had previously submitted the Challan on 13 December 2021 in the same court, but after receiving simultaneous directions from both courts, the challan was returned and submitted in the Special Court (Banking Offences) in Karachi.
However, on January 14, the Special Court (Banking Offenses) determined that its jurisdiction had not been established and ordered the FIA to submit a challan to the appropriate court.
At the view of the aforementioned order, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) team re-submitted a challan in the Special Court Central-1, Lahore, for the commencement of a trial under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947, and the Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2010, respectively. As a result, the Judge of the Special Court Central-1 in Lahore was absent. The duty judge, who claimed he lacked competence, was ordered to resubmit the challan the next day.
It is worth noting that the FIA’s Challan in the instant case (FIR No. 39/ 2020 FIA Anti-Corruption Circle Lahore) includes a Final Investigation Report (66 pages) as well as seven (7) extra volumes (Volumes I to VII) including 4370 pages of documentary evidence.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had arrested Shehbaz and his sons Hamza and Suleman in November 2020 on charges of financial fraud, impersonation, and forgery under sections 419, 420, 468, 471, 34, and 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code, as well as 5(2) and 5(3) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and r/w 3/4 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act.