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March 27, 2020

Youth festival corruption case hearing adjourned

Lahore

March 27, 2020

LAHORE:An accountability court on Thursday adjourned the hearing of Punjab Youth Festival Corruption case by April 6 as National Accountability Bureau (NAB) again failed to file reference.

The court has directed NAB to file the reference and adjourned the hearing. The main accused former DG Sports Board Punjab Usman Anwer did not appear before the court due to Coronavirus issue.

It is pertinent to mention here that nine months back, the NAB had arrested Usman Anwer. Later, Usman secured bail from the Lahore High Court. However, NAB has failed to file reference despite passing nine months.

The NAB had arrested former DG Sports Board Punjab Usman Anwer over the charges of allegedly embezzling funds of the Punjab Youth Festival and violating PPRA rules in awarding contracts. The details shared by the NAB on the arrest of Usman Anwer said that the Punjab government had arranged the Punjab Youth Festival in 2011 and 2012. Millions of rupees were embezzled during both rounds of the festival.

Moreover, the NAB has accused Usman of violating Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules in awarding contracts worth millions of rupees. Later, the NAB had arrested five more persons in the case.