On Monday, Lahore High Court (LHC) dismissed the money laundering case against PML-Q leader Moonis Elahi that had been filed with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
The high court approved the motion for the case’s dismissal submitted by the former federal minister and PML-Q leader. Elahi requested that the case brought against him by the FIA be dismissed in his plea, and the LHC set October 1 as hearing date for it.
Justice Asjad Javed Ghural was scheduled to hear Moonis’s plea, according to the case list provided by the LHC registrar’s office. For their closing arguments, the court called both sides’ attorneys.
According to Elahi’s appeal, the government wanted to hold his media trial, so they “politically engineered” the FIA’s money laundering investigation against him.
All criminal laws are superseded by the NAB statute, and the agency has already cleared Moonis in the instances, it said. After the FIA submitted a challan in that case, a banking court earlier sent notifications to Moonis and other parties for October 11 in the money laundering case.
According to the FIA, a Money Laundering Act investigation into Moonis started two years ago. According to the first information report (FIR) filed in this case, which cited a Sugar Commission study, Moonis was reportedly engaged in money laundering.
Former prime minister and PTI chairman Imran Khan had urged the FIA to look into the country’s sugar issue and determine who benefitted from it.
The agency then purportedly said in a study produced the previous year that prominent PTI members and Moonis were among those who had allegedly benefited from the nation’s sugar problem. Additionally, Nawaz Bhatti, a peon at RYK Sugar Mills named Mazhar Iqbal, and his nephew Muhammad Khan Bhatti, the secretary of the Punjab Assembly, have also been charged with money laundering.
Both Bhatti and Iqbal have been detained, according to the FIA.