Lahore: In the Rawalpindi Ring Road scandal, a special court of anti-corruption denied post-arrest bail of former Rawalpindi commissioner retired Capt Muhammad Mahmood Rai and land acquisition collector Waseem Tabish on Tuesday.

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Judge Raja Muhammad Arshad dismissed the bail plea, stating that the petitioners had been proven to be engaged in the crime and that there was sufficient damning evidence against them. The petitioners were not entitled to post-arrest bail since the alleged offence under section 409 of the PPC did not come within the restriction of section 497 of the CrPC, according to the judgement.

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The Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) accused the former commissioner and the land acquisition collector of causing the national exchequer to lose over Rs10 billion by permitting certain large housing society developers to build five interchanges on the ring road. Nova Housing Society had sold one file for Rs10 million and had made a total of Rs1.5 billion through the sale of files, according to the report.

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