Karachi: Six acquitted in KPT land scam case
KARACHI: An accountability court on Friday acquitted six persons nominated as accused along with some government officials in a case pertaining to the misappropriation of the Karachi Port Trust’s land due to a lack of incriminating evidence. Judge Syed Aley Maqbool Rizvi of the Accountability Court-1 pronounced the verdict after recording arguments from both sides on an acquittal plea moved by the accused.
The judgment said that on the one hand the prosecution did not produce sufficient evidence against the accused to prove their involvement in the case and on the other hand all the public office holders were acquitted. It concluded that the prosecution was not in a position to prove its case. The court has already allowed an application under the National Reconciliation Order (NRO) and acquitted R. B. Rahoo, Khan Mohammad Qureshi, Ghulam Abbas Soomro and Ramesh M. Odashi since they were holders of public offices.
The private parties, Adam Khan Jokhio, Fazal Hussain Shah, Wahad Bux and three others, through their counsel had moved an acquittal application under Section 265-K of the Criminal Procedure Code.
According to the reference (807) filed by the National Accountability Bureau, Sindh, the accused were involved in an illegal transfer and subsequent allotment of about 75 acres adjacent to Mai Kolachi Road to certain private parties. The records showed that the KPT land in question was acquired for the city’s uplift, and that no payment for the land was made by the provincial government to the KPT.
The reference stated that the piece of land was fraudulently sold out to some private parties at a throwaway price, thereby causing a heavy loss to the national exchequer. The former speaker of the Sindh Assembly, Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah, was also nominated in the FIR on the grounds that the illegal allotments had been effected by his approval. However, during the proceedings of the reference, he was found clear and acquitted. The case was registered in 1996.