An accountability court on Wednesday (June 27) took the strict notice of Omni Group’s Abdul Ghani Majeed’s absence during the hearing of Pink Residency corruption case and directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to ensure his attendance in Thursday’s (today) hearing.
While criticizing the Majeed’s e exception, court said this isn’t the first time when authorities have failed to produce Abdul Ghani Majeed and issued an ultimatum to “to produce the accused under any circumstances”. Justice Arshad Malik of the accountability court heard the case in which 15 accused, including Muhammad Shabbir, Aftab Memon and Abdul Jabbar Memon, were presented in court.
Majeed’s lawyer argued that his client was picked up by NAB officials from the hospital and that the anti-graft body should inform the court as to why he was not presented. The hearing of the reference was postponed till the 4th of July.
Judge Arshad Malik also heard the Thatta Water Supply reference and issued non-bailable arrest warrant against Majeed’s spouse, Manahil, who has been continuously absent from proceedings.
Aftab Memon, who is the secretary of the land utilization department of the Sindh Board of Revenue, and four others are already in NAB custody in the case. He was accused of allotting seven acres of land belonging to housing schemes in Karachi to Pink Residency. The illegal allotment caused an Rs800 million loss to the national exchequer. The Pink Residency is believed to have been owned by Zardari’s former front-men.
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14 September, 2019