Karachi: Illegal lease case
KARACHI: Special judge of an anti-corruption court in Karachi, Syed Gul Munir Shah, on Saturday remanded an employee of Gadap Town in police custody for three days in a land scam case.
Sirajuddin Memon, Tapedar of Gadap Town, was arrested on April 4. A case against him was lodged under Sections 409, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 47734 read with Section 5(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1974 by the anti-corruption establishment after conducting an inquiry on a compliant (No 3706).
According to the prosecution, the former secretary of board of revenue and land utilisation department, Ghulam Abbas Soomro, had gained 24 acres in Gadap. Later, he granted the land to his relatives, Mansoor Ahmed and Majeed Qureshi, on a 99-year lease with a relaxation that no ground rent was to be recovered from them. The prosecution says that Mr Soomro fraudulently converted the land from dairy farming category to commercial and industrial purposes on a 99-year lease in the names of his relatives and friends without having the legitimate grant of 30 years.
The FIR says the lease was granted on the basis of bogus papers with the connivance of revenue officers, private persons and others. They were found fully involved in corrupt practices in respect of the lease of the land, causing heavy financial losses to the national exchequer. It further says that the lease papers seemed to have been manipulated by Ghulam Abbas Soomro by inserting the names in the dispatch register, whereas the land record was silent regarding the lease.
The former secretary of board of revenue and land utilisation department, Ghulam Abbas Soomro, Gadap Town ex-mukhtiarkars Iqbal Ahmed Meerani and Haibat Khan, deputy district officer revenue Ayub Khan Marri, Gadap Town tapedar Ali Akthar, Sarwan, supervising tapedar Allah Obhayo, assistant secretary board of revenue Mir Laiq Ali, Mansoor Ahmed of taxation department and Majeed Quershi were the absconders in the case.