An accountability court on Saturday framed charges against Party chairman Pak Sarzameen Syed Mustafa Kamal and nine others in a case relating to the alleged illegal use of a commercial plot of land in the upscale neighborhood of Clifton Karachi to build a multi-storey building.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has filed a referral for Kamal, then district coordinating officer Fazlur Rehman, then district executive officer Iftikhar Qaimkhani, then district officer Mumtaz Haider, then additional district officer Syed Nishat Ali, then sub-registrar Clifton II Nazir Zardari and five builders, including Muhammad Dawood, Muhammad Yaqoob, Muhammad Irfan and Muhammad Rafiq.
Meanwhile, the judge halved the case against one of the real estate developers who allegedly fled overseas, and issued a perpetual warrant for his arrest.
For the defendant’s indictment, Accountability Court III judge Dr Sher Bano Karim read out the indictment to the men, all of whom were present at the court except for the alleged escaped builder. The judge summoned prosecution witnesses on December 5 to record their testimony in the case.
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 amenity plots were never transferred on behalf of the builder.
The regulatory agency also claims that builders in connection with the then 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.
In September, a judge rejected a plea for the release of the allegedly fleeing builder, who has withdrawn the same and told the court he could choose to file a defense with NAB.
According to his lawyer, he wanted to withdraw his application for release, filed under Section 265-KUHAP, which was read as Section 4 (2) (b) of the 1999 National Accountability Law.
The lawyer has notified the court that his client has reached settlement in three other cases with the supervisor, who has accepted his plea. Furthermore, the lawyer added, the relevant accountability court in Rawalpindi has also approved the settlement of the defense with NAB on the matter.