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3 accused seek plea bargain in fake accounts case

ISLAMABAD: The ongoing proceedings in the Fake Bank Accounts case Wednesday saw three of the accused agree to plea bargain.

Three accused, namely Khursheed Anwar Jamali, Arif Ali and Asif Mehmood who are currently under arrest have submitted former pleas requesting plea bargains.

Physical remands of all three individuals has been extended till July 31 by the accountability court.

Judge Muhammad Bashir, who has been presiding over the case proceedings, inquired about the status of the plea bargains from the investigative officer. To which, the official replied that the matter was being considered and worked upon.

He also informed the court that 2 of the 3 alleged in the case have had their submissions forwarded to the headquarters for formal approval.

Judge Muhammad Bashir ordered the accountability bureau to take prompt action on the submissions.

The Judge also notified that this was the last time that he was giving a physical remand of the three accused to NAB, next time he would only award judicial remands.

Earlier on July 11 hearing for the ongoing fake accounts case continued with Justice Muhammad Bashir presiding over proceedings.

Accused Karachi Administrator Sajjad Abbasi was brought forth in the court for his hearing after completion of his physical remand. His physical remand was extended by 7 days by the judge after the hearing was completed.

The law enforcement has been directed to produce Abbasi in the court again after the completion of the extended remand on July 18. He was allegedly involved in illegal allotment of land designated for public and social welfare.

Earlier, the bureau on June 17 took 3 individuals under custody allegedly involved in the case.

Those detained by the anti-graft watchdog namely include Tando Kazim Ali who is being revealed as a finance manager of a sugar mill along with Faisal and Amanullah.

Embezzlement charges against Kazim revealed that approximately Rs.846 million were embezzled by the accused in collusion with the Omni Group.

Accused Faisal Nadeem has been revealed as the finance manager of Chamber Sugar Mills, sources within NAB confirmed. Sources further claimed that the accused had acquired 400 million rupees from the Sindh Government through illegal documents.

It was further revealed that Faisal had also taken loans worth billions based on forged and fake documents. “Faisal Nadeem has harmed the provincial exchequer worth Rs. 27 million,” revealed the source.

Amanullah has been revealed as the finance manager of Khoski Sugar Mills and was allegedly involved in the formation of a fake firm which took 200 million rupees worth of subsidy from the Sindh Government.

Further charges detail that the accused is also a defaulter of Rs.18 million taken under the pretext of helping out poor farmers, sources confided. He was purportedly running 9 accounts registered under the names of his servants and made the Sindh Government suffer losses worth Rs.20 million.

All three individuals were arrested under direct orders of NAB chief, Javed Iqbal and will be produced in front of the accountability court tomorrow, sources claimed.



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