The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, heard a case regarding money laundering through fake bank accounts and ordered that Omni Group chairperson Anwar Majeed, his son Abdul Ghani Majeed and former Pakistan Stock Exchange chairman Hussain Lawai be shifted to Islamabad.
“Anwar Majeed be shifted to PIMS Hospital and AG Majeed and Lawai to Adiala jail,” Justice Nisar said. “These people are influential and have power in Karachi. They should be shifted to Islamabad so an independent investigation can be carried out,” the CJP said. “After the investigation is complete, we will see whether they should be shifted back to Karachi.” The chief justice also said, “If Anwar Majeed cannot travel on a normal plane then send an air ambulance for him.”
As the hearing went underway Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director General Bashir Memon informed the court, “Anwar Majeed is not cooperating in the inquiry.” To this, the chief justice remarked, “The joint investigation team (JIT) has now been given full authority and a report should be presented within 10 days. We formed a JIT to probe how many earned through kickbacks was whitened.”
Majeed’s counsel also told the bench, “Omni Group ows Rs1.2 billion to Silk Bank, Rs1.8 billion to Summit Bank, Rs4.98 billion to National Bank and Rs4.6 billion to Sindh Bank. This amount will be paid back in the form of property.” The chief justice then said, “Heads of all banks should submit affidavits regarding prices of the properties.”
The Federal Investigation Agency is investigating 32 people, including former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur, pertaining to the money laundering of Millions through fake bank accounts. Earlier FIA arrested Hussain Lawai, Omni Group chairman, Anwar Majeed, and his son, Abdul Ghani Majeed, in connection with money laundering.
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17 November, 2019