Lahore: Kalia, Khanani case
LAHORE: Lahore District and Sessions Judge Syed Nasir Ali Shah on Saturday summoned the FIA director, Lahore Region, for November 17 in bail applications filed by Munaaf Kalia and Javed Khanani and their other co-accused involved in a money laundering scam. The appellants filed their applications through counsels Akram Sheikh, Sharjeel Adnan and Naveed Farooqi submitting that the FIA had arrested them on November 5 and obtained their physical remand from the court of a local magistrate which later was extended for more three days.
The counsel for Javed Khanani pleaded that a judicial magistrate could not hear a case registered under section 23(a) of the Foreign Exchange Act 1947 or give remand of accused booked under this Act.
Therefore, he argued, the physical remand of Mr. Khanani obtained by FIA was illegal and unlawful.
The counsel for Munaaf Kalia advancing his arguments said that his client was in illegal detention of FIA since Nov-09, last. He prayed to the court to direct the investigating agency to produce his client before the court for setting him at liberty. Meanwhile, Rana Ijaz Ahmad Khan advocate appearing on behalf of Rustam Ali Khan and Tariq Mehmood argued that his clients were implicated in a fake and fabricated case. He said both the accused were employees at Khanani & Kali Franchise, Gujranwala and not responsible for any crime committed by their employers. They should be released on bail as they were not involved in money laundering case registered against Munaaf Kalia and Javed Khanani.