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LHC suspends arrest warrant against Rana Sanaullah

The Anti-Corruption Establishment was stopped from arresting Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and raiding his house.

In a major development, the Lahore High Court (LHC) has suspended the arrest warrant against PML-N leader and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah in an inquiry related to the purchase of plots in a housing society at a “throwaway price”.

According to the details, the Rawalpindi bench of the LHC suspended Anti-corruption Establishment Punjab’s (ACE) arrest warrants against Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and summoned the Director General (DG) Anti-corruption on October 16.

Moreover, taking up a petition filed by PML-N lawyers against the warrant, Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan stopped the Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment from arresting Rana Sanaullah and raiding his house.

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Meanwhile, earlier this week, Rana Sanaullah accused the anti-corruption department of “tampering records” and “misleading the court” in a four-year-old case against him.

Arrest of Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has been accused of purchasing two farmhouses at the Bismillah Housing Scheme in Kallar Kahar at a price lower than the scheduled rate. According to Adviser to Punjab Chief Minister for Anti-Corruption retired Brigadier Musaddiq Abbasi, Sanaullah had taken two plots as “bribe” from an “illegal housing society” — the Bismillah Housing Scheme — in Chakwal district.

Earlier, non-bailable arrest warrants were issued for Rana Sanaullah over his non-appearance in the anti-corruption inquiry. However, he was not arrested because officers at the Koshar police station of Islamabad refused to arrest Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, saying his residence is out of their jurisdiction.

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Kohsar SHO refused to comply with the arrest warrant as it contained the interior minister’s Faisalabad address instead of any home or office that fell within the jurisdiction of his police station.

Later, a fresh arrest warrant was issued for Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah by a judicial magistrate on Monday. However, the ACE team sent to arrest Rana Sanaullah returned empty-handed because of a “lack of cooperation” by the Islamabad police.