Four defendants file a bail application in the sugarcane subsidy

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court heard on Thursday the reference filed under charges of embezzlement and corruption in the sugarcane subsidy, ARY News reported.

The National Responsibility Office (NAB) had submitted a reference against Khawaja Anwar Majeed and 39 other defendants.

Four defendants, Hussain Syed, Matanat Ali, Salman Younus and Mustafa Zulqarnain filed petitions in court for their acquittal under the Amendment Ordinance of the National Responsibility Office (NAB) of 2019.

The accountability judge Muhammad Bashir issued a notice to NAB and called a response on the petitions.

The NAB prosecutor, Suhail Arif, presented a report in court regarding the non-detention of three defendants, Nimr Majeed, Ali Kamal Majeed and Manahil Majeed.

The prosecutor also said that the house of a defendant, Zulfiqar, has been traced and a call has been issued through the district police officer.

The reference is presented under charges of embezzlement of funds released by the Sindh government to the sugar mills as a subsidy for subsequent payment to sugarcane producers.

Sugarcane subsidy reference

The Government of Sindh, through the Commissioner of Caña Sindh, paid an amount of Rs 3.9 billion to different sugar mills for subsequent payment to sugarcane producers as a subsidy because of the supply of sugarcane for the 2014 season -fifteen.

An investigation was conducted on the eight sugar mills of the Omni Group owned by Anwar Majeed and his four children Abdul Ghani Majeed, Nimr Majeed, Mustafa Zulqarnain Majeed and Ali Kamal Majeed.

The investigation revealed that of the subsidies of Rs728.18 million granted to the eight sugar mills of the Omni Group, the defendants allegedly misappropriated an amount of Rs346 million in collusion with their superior employees by showing their underpaid staff as sugarcane producers.

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AC postpones hearing of NAB case against Khursheed Shah until February 18

SUKKUR: The Court of Responsibility (AC) in Sukkur suspended the hearing on a scam of Rs. 1.23 billion involving the leader of the Popular Party of Pakistan (PPP), Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, until February 18, when he appeared before the court today, reported ARY NEWS.

The Sukkur accountability court hearing was suspended on February 18 and the court ordered to present all the defendants in the case, including the PPP leader on the day.

The former leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, Khursheed Shah, was taken to court in an ambulance of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) Sukkur, where he is currently being treated for several illnesses during NAB custody.

Speaking to the media after judicial proceedings, Shah lamented the established leaders for an unprecedented increase in commodity prices and asked who is working from behind to increase basic food rates.

He said authorities were creating obstacles to replace a Police Inspector General (PGI) in Sindh province, but replaced about four in the same period in the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. “Why are there two laws for two separate areas of the country?” He asked.

Read more: NAB constitutes JIT for the investigation of Khursheed Shah’s assets

When asked about his release on bail, Shah said he believes justice will be done in his case.

On January 29, the Sindh High Court (SHC) suspended the bail petition hearing filed by the leader of the People’s Party of Pakistan (PPP) Khursheed Shah and others in assets beyond the income case until February 10, ARY News reported Wednesday.

A double SHC bank heard the bail petition filed by Khursheed Shah and other nominees in the case of assets beyond income. All the nominees, except Khursheed Shah, sought a pre-arrest bond in the case related to the corruption of R1.23 billion.

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Khursheed Shah to be offered earlier than AC tomorrow

SUKKUR: Pakistan Folks’s Celebration chief and Member Nationwide Meeting (MNA) Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah might be offered earlier than an accountability courtroom on Friday, ARY NEWS reported.

The federal lawmaker is at the moment held on the Nationwide Institute of Cardiovascular Illness (NICVD) Sukkur, the place he’s being handled for a number of ailments.

The lawmaker is at the moment dealing with an inquiry from the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) authorities involving a reference price Rs 1.23 billion towards 18 individuals together with the PPP chief. The investigators had additionally nominated two wives, two sons and son-in-law of Khursheed Shah within the reference.

The accountability courtroom had granted bail to Shah in December after the accountability bureau’s delay in submitting reference towards him. Nevertheless, the Sindh Excessive Courtroom (SHC) Circuit Bench Sukkur had later suspended the accountability courtroom’s orders dated Dec 17 to grant bail to the veteran celebration chief.

The NAB Rawalpindi has additionally initiated an inquiry towards the imprisoned chief and had despatched a questionnaire comprising of 10 inquiries to him.

Earlier within the day, the Sindh Excessive Courtroom heard a NAB petition towards the accountability courtroom’s resolution to grant bail to Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah in property reference.

The counsels of Khursheed Shah filed their advocacy papers in Sukkur bench of the excessive courtroom at present and sought time for preparation for the case.

The prosecutor of the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) was additionally current within the courtroom listening to.

The courtroom granted the request and adjourned additional listening to of the case until February 04.

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A/C sends betel leaves smuggling circumstances to customs courtroom underneath NAB legislation

LAHORE: An accountability courtroom in first resolution underneath the Amended NAB Ordinance ordered switch of 49 betel leaves smuggling references to the Customs Court docket, ARY Information reported on Monday.

Accountability Choose Amjad Nazeer Butt after listening to arguments of the attorneys of the events in circumstances determined to shift the circumstances to customized courts.

The courtroom ordered all accused in circumstances to seem earlier than the customs courtroom on January 23 in listening to of their circumstances.

Earlier, defence counsel Muzaffar Ali in his arguments objected over the jurisdiction of the courtroom and mentioned that after newly amended legislation of the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) an accountability courtroom couldn’t hear these circumstances.

He argued that underneath the amended legislation these circumstances must be transferred to a customs courtroom for listening to as per clause (ii) of the brand new ordinance.

The accountability bureau had filed references towards customs division officers, importers and clearing brokers in 12 months 2015.

It’s pertinent to say right here that the NAB Modification Ordinance was handed and got here into power on December 28 final 12 months.

The taxation circumstances must also be transferred to a reliable authority underneath the brand new legislation.

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Khawaja Saad Rafique seeks AC to shift him to Islamabad

LAHORE: Former railways minister Khawaja Saad Rafique on Monday petitioned an accountability court docket right here for his shifting to Islamabad, ARY Information reported.

PML-N stalwart Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Salman Rafique dealing with prices in Paragon Housing rip-off had been produced earlier than the accountability court docket in Lahore at present.

The court docket additionally granted permission to Khawaja Saad Rafique to attend the Nationwide Meeting session.

Rafique in his petition knowledgeable the court docket a few hearth incident at his jail barrack through which he sustained harm after his head hit an iron rod through the hearth. He requested to the court docket to declare a premises in Islamabad as sub jail to shift him over there including that he couldn’t journey eight hours to attend a session of the meeting.

The court docket through the listening to additionally warned Qaisar Ameen Butt, an approver within the case, over his failure to seem earlier than the court docket within the case listening to at present.

The decide additionally expressed his resentment over late look of the NAB investigation officer within the case.

The approver assertion of Qaisar Ameen Butt, was opened within the case listening to at present.

Realized decide ordered the prosecution to submit a duplicate of the approver’s assertion to the defence counsel.

Paragon Housing rip-off

The Khawaja brothers, Nadeem Zia, Umar Zia, and Farhan Ali had been named accused within the reference comprising of 17 volumes.

In accordance with the reference, the Khawaja brothers and Nadeem Zia owned 93.2 per cent shares within the Paragon Housing Society.

It states that the previous railway minister Khawaja Saad Rafique obtained financial advantages to the tune of Rs58 million from the society whereas his brother Rs39 million.

A complete of 122 individuals recorded their statements towards former railways minister and Brother, it added

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