Former land utilisation secretary convicted in Karachi
KARACHI, Feb 12: An anti-corruption court on Saturday sentenced a former secretary of the land utilisation department and two others to a total of four years in prison in a 1994 land scam case.
The court found then secretary Ramesh Udeshi, Rehana Minaj and Shahid Ahmed Khan guilty of allotting government land in 1994 at a throwaway price by violating rules.
Sources said Mr Udeshi is one of the members of the Sindh Public Service Commission.
Judge Rashida Asad of the special anti-corruption court in Karachi pronounced her verdict after recording the evidence of witnesses and final arguments from both sides.
The court sentenced the convicts to two years in prison each under the Pakistan Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947.
The judge also imposed a fine of Rs25,000 on each convict in each offence and in case of default, they would have to undergo an additional three-month imprisonment.
However, the court ruled that both sentences would run concurrently.
The verdict said that the prosecution established the charges against the accused by examining witnesses and placing ample documentary evidence in court.
It appeared that the recommendation for allotment of land was made in a collusive manner and blind eyes, the verdict said, adding that the attitude of accused Rehana and Shahid was also visible from the fact that while seeking bail they conceded amalgamation of land with the KDA housing society.
The court further observed that the then secretary had concealed facts as he neither placed the proper value of land before the competent authority nor informed it about the ban on such allotments.