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RAWALPINDI: An accountability court in Rawalpindi indicted on Tuesday Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi in the £190 million reference.

Accountability Court Judge Nasir Javed Rana conducted the hearing at Adiala jail today where the PTI founder is currently incarcerated in Toshakhana, cipher and illegal marriage cases. 

The accountability court judge read the charge sheet in Khan and Bushra’s presence in the courtroom. 

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Deputy Prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi, along with his team, also appeared in the court. 

The NAB had initiated an investigation against Imran Khan, his wife, and others regarding the alleged acquisition of hundreds of canals of land under the name of Al Qadir University Trust, resulting in a reported loss of 190 million pounds to the exchequer.

During the hearing today, the court said that statements of 58 witnesses will be recorded in the case. 

The judge asked the PTI founder if he was guilty or not while framing charges against him. 

At this, Khan said: “Why should I read the charge sheet when I know what’s written in it?”

Both Khan and his wife then denied the charges against them. 

At this point, Khan came to the rostrum and said that they didn’t want a delay in this case. “NAB was in a hurry before February 8, now we want a quick conviction.” 

The judge then asked if he had his teeth checked, to which the PTI founder replied in the negative, saying that he was told the doctor would visit the jail on Sunday. 

“Now the jail administration is saying that the doctor would come next week,” he added.

The court then approved Khan’s petition seeking a general physician and dentist for his medical examination and dental check-up.

Later, PTI’s counsel said that copies of references have to be provided seven days before the indictment, adding that these documents hold importance in relation to this case.