Fake bank accounts: 33 more accounts surfaced in money laundering
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The joint investigation team (JIT) – apprised by the Supreme Court – detected more 33 dubious accounts which were used in money laundering scam.
JIT head Ihsan Sadiq submitted the investigation report to the top court as a bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar hearing the case of money laundering through fake bank accounts.
During the hearing, the JIT head said that 210 companies were found to be suspicious in contacts with the fake bank accounts. In the probe report, 33 more dubious accounts have been detected that are under scrutiny and 334 individuals were involved in transactions.
The amounts were submitted by the contractors and the State Bank of Pakistan, National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) assisted the JIT in digging out the data from the alleged bank accounts.
In the hearing, Justice Umar Atta Bandial questioned that did the amount was submitted through a cross cheques in the account, on which, the JIT head said that it will be overviewed.
The Chief justice asked that the whereabouts of Arif Khan, a character of the case, on which JIT head Ahsaan Sadiq responded that he was the accountant at Omni Group and is currently abroad. Interpol is being approached for his extradition, he added.
Earlier on September 6, the apex court constituted a six-member joint investigation team to investigate the fake bank accounts case.
During another hearing, the chief justice ordered Omni Group to pay the expenses of the JIT. Anwar Majeed and Abdul Ghani lawyer refused to pay expenses, informing the court that the assets and bank accounts are freeze. He added that the application has been submitted into trial court for opening the accounts.
The court stopped to unfreeze the accounts of Omni Group and directing to the trial court for not order on that issue because the matter directly under observation the Supreme Court. The court stopped the special court for releasing order under Article 184.
The CJP ordered to move Omni Group head Anwar Majeed and others to the prison from hospital after reviewing their medical reports declaring all the accused medically fit.
The top judge further lashed out “Is he an official guest? Shift him to the jail, if this did not happened then strict action will be taken against the responsible authorities.” “May be is it possible that the accused were shifted to another provinces from Sindh, he added.
The Chief Justice remarked, “Majeed’s counsel should inform us, if his client wants to get his surgery done. The accused should be shifted jail after operation instantly.”