The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday (Feb 19) dismissed all the review petitions filed by co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party Asif Ali Zardari, sister Faryal Talpur, Anwar Majeed and the Omni Group, in a case pertaining to mega money laundering through fake bank accounts.
In separate appeals, Zardari has appealed for a larger Supreme Court bench to hear his review petition and Faryal Talpur and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah requesting it to restrain the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) from probing the fake accounts case. According to the petition, the Supreme Court verdict that was passed last month had directed the JIT formed to probe the case to assist the National Accountability Bureau. The JIT is, however, still carrying out a “parallel inquiry”, it stated.
The FIA investigated 32 people including Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur, in relation to money laundering from over 20 ‘benami’ accounts, opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 for transactions worth billions of rupees. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July in connection with the probe. The amount, according to FIA sources, is said to be black money gathered from various kickbacks, commissions and bribes.
The Supreme Court on Jan 16 in a detailed judgment, authored by Justice Ijazul Ahsan directed to transfer the JIT report and all the material collected by the team to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) immediately. The court directed the NAB to prepare the references.
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27 September, 2019