A prosecuting witness brought by the National Accountability Bureau to the accountability court on Wednesday denied knowledge of the case relating to the alleged illegal use of a commercial piece of land in the upscale neighborhood of Clifton Karachi to build a multi-storey building.
The Accountability Court-III, at a previous hearing, had charged former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal, district coordinating officer Fazlur Rehman, former district executive officer of Iftikhar Qaimkhani, then district officer Mumtaz Haider, former district auxiliary officer Syed Nishat Ali, then sub-district of Clifton. -registrar II Nazir Zardari and five builders, Muhammad Dawood, Muhammad Yaqoob, Muhammad Irfan and Muhammad Rafiq.
Meanwhile, the judge has halved the case against one of the real estate developers, who allegedly fled overseas, and issued a perpetual warrant for his arrest.
According to the anti-corruption watchdog, in 1982 the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation created 198 stalls and shops on two amenity plots adjacent to the Kothari Parade for hawkers, while four commercial plots, each measuring 255.55 square yards, were also created. in the region. .
NAB claims that the real estate developer later purchased four commercial plots and 198 hawkers’ stalls. However, the two convenience plots were never transferred on behalf of the builder.
The regulatory agency claims that builders in connection with the mayor of Kamal and other officials illegally obtained 102 kiosks that were transferred to support the name of the real estate development company via a deed of carriage without obtaining permission from the Karachi Development Authority.
The NAB reference claims that the price of the stalls shown in the registration deed is only Rs260 million, but the market value is valued at Rs2,155 billion and the enforced sale value is adjudicated at Rs1,724 billion.
The supervisor claims that the builder who allegedly escaped was the next beneficiary of the joint plot illegally transferred on behalf of his company in relation to the then main recipient and sub-registrar II Clifton.
The court, after recording the trial proceedings, postponed the matter until 23 January, issuing a directive to NAB IO to present another witness that day.