LAHORE: An accountability court on Thursday adjourned hearing of the assets beyond means, Ramzan Sugar Mills and Ashiana Iqbal Housing scheme references against Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif and others till August 16. Shehbaz Sharif and other accused appeared before the court in three references while Hamza Shehbaz also attended the hearing of Ramzan Sugar Mills reference in which he was a nominated accused. Duty Judge Sheikh Sajjad Ahmad conducted the proceedings of the references as a regular trial judge had not been appointed after the transfer of the judges of accountability courts. It is pertinent to mention here that the Lahore High Court had granted bail to Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza Shehbaz in the references. In the assets beyond means and money laundering reference, besides Shehbaz Sharif, Hamza Shehbaz, Javeria Ali, Fazl Dad Abbasi, Rashid Karamat, Muhammad Usman, Masroor Anwar, Nisar Ahmad, Shoaib Qamar, and Qasim Qayyum had been indicted in the case. However, Salman Shehbaz, Nusrat Shehbaz, Rabia Imran, Syed Muhammad Tahir Naqvi, Haroon Yousaf Zai and another could not be indicted due to their absence. In a reference, comprising 55 volumes, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had alleged that the Shehbaz Sharif family committed massive money laundering of Rs 7 billion. Yasir Mushtaq, Mushtaq Ahmad, Shahid Rafique and Aftab were made approvers in the reference. As per Ramzan Sugar Mills reference, the NAB has accused Shehbaz Sharif of misuse of authority in the case. Shahbaz Sharif allegedly approved an amount of Rs 210 million for the construction of the drain to benefit the mills. Hamza has been charged in the case for being the chief executive of the Ramzan Sugar Mills. In the Ashiana Housing case, the NAB had alleged that Shehbaz Sharif being the chief minister of Punjab misused his authority by unlawfully assuming powers of the Board of Directors of the PLDC. It said, he in connivance with his co-suspects, awarded a contract to an ineligible proxy firm that resulted in failure of Ashiana Housing Scheme causing a loss to public exchequer and deprived 61,000 applicants of houses.