Karachi: Forex scam
KARACHI: The District and Sessions Judge (south), Faheem Siddiqui, adjourned the hearing on the bail applications of three suspects allegedly involved in a money laundering case till Dec 26 due to the absence of the FIA`s counsel. The FIA had arrested Abdul Munaf Kalia, his brother, Hanif Kalia, and Javed Khanani on charges of illegally transferring billions of dollars abroad. Later, they were remanded in judicial custody. On Tuesday, the FIA officials sought adjournment as their counsel, Amir Raza Naqvi, was busy in some other cases. In the meantime, appearing on behalf of suspect Hanif Kalia, Advocate Shaukat Hayat said that on Dec 18 the court directed the jail authorities to shift his client to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) and provide him necessary medical treatment.
However, he said that the authorities had violated the court`s order and produced his client before a panel of doctors instead of admitting him to the JPMC. He said that the doctors were also of the view that the suspect must be hospitalised to determine his medical reports.
The judge directed the jail superintendent to immediately shift Hanif Kalia to the JPMC.
The court also directed the FIA to supply the statements and the copies of evidence to the suspects and submit final charge-sheet till Jan 9.
The suspects were booked in a case (76/08) under Sections 5/8, 22/23 of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act, 1947 read with Sections 7, 8 & 20 of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Ordinance, 2007 and Sections 420, 467, 471, 477–A of the Pakistan Penal Code at the FIA crimes circle, Karachi.