Rs 430m scandal referred to banking court in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD: Sessions Judge (SJ) Muhammad Aslam Gondal on Tuesday referred the Rs 430 million scam case to Banking Court, Lahore, as the Federal Investigation Agency failed to arrest the main accused Mian Khurram Rasool, PTV’s ex-media advisor for PM.
According to sources, First Information Report (FIR) was registered vide No 05/2011 on March 11, 2010 against Zafar Jawad, a resident of Chaklala, Rawalpindi, under sections 409/419/420/467/ 468/471/439(FVlQ9 PPC r/w 5 (2) 1947 PCA.
FIA arrested Jawed on March 14, as the Interior Ministry had referred an application against him to FIA for his involvement in the scam.
The FIA officials produced the accused in the court and requested for his 14 days physical remand, but the court granted only four days remand. The court ordered FIA to produce him before the court on March 19.
On March 19 FIA requested the court to issue arrest warrants for Rasool charging him of extorting Rs 430 million from Pervaiz Hussain of Afghan Carpets. The court issued the arrest warrants for Rasool and extended judicial remand of Jawad for three days.
During hearing of the case on March the FIA officials informed the court that during the physical remand of accused they could not recover any money and there was no progress in the case.
The court sent Jawad on judicial remand and also instructed FIA officials to arrest the main accused, Khurram Rasool soon and recover the scam money. FIA officials produced Jawad before the SJ on Tuesday after expiry of his judicial remand. They informed the court that there was no progress in the case. On this the court referred the case to the Banking Court Lahore.
According to documents obtained by this correspondent, a case was registered on a complaint that during the year 2009-10 Rasool while officially working as media coordinator fraudulently extorted an amount of Rs 430 million through fake bank accounts and cash from Pervaiz Hussain in connivance with his brother Shahid Mahmood, Ghulam Ghose, Zafar Jawed and others on the pretext of managing LPG quota and oil export license to NATO forces in Afghanistan to Sahara Gas (Pvt.) Ltd and Pak Delta Enterprise (Pvt) Ltd owned by Pervaiz Hussain and his son Sameer Hussain.
The accused along his gang prepared and used fake agreements/letters on behalf of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources and also impersonated as representative of Pak Arab Refinery Ltd (PARCO) and the petroleum secretary.
On disclosure of the fraud the accused issued four cheques of his account with City Bank amounting to Rs 630 million in favour of Pervaiz Hussain, but these cheques bounced.