NPF land scam: Court extends physical reamand of accused
ISLAMABAD: Senior Civil Judge Mahmood Haroon on Monday extended four-day physical remand of National Police Foundation (NPF) housing ex-deputy director and remanded him in Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) custody in Rs 6 billion NPF land scam.
A First Information Report (FIR) on July 5, 2011 was registered against a PML-N MNA Anjum Aqeel Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed and Mian Amin, former IGPs, Abdul Hanan and Nafees Ahmed, former DIGs, and Khuda Bakhsh, a former deputy director of NPF with FIA Special Investigation Unit (SIU).
The FIA produced Baksh, ex-deputy director housing NPF, alleged in land scam of Rs 6 billion before Senior Civil Judge Mahmood Haroon and informed that during his previous physical remand 12 plots of worth 250 million have been traced which were allotted in the name of him and his relatives, wife, son’s, daughter and other kith and kins. FIA official informed the court that one CNG station of the accused had also been found in his native town.
The FIA officials stated in the court that the main accused in NPF land scam, Khan, had got the interim bail some days ago from Special Judge Central, Rawalpindi. FIA official also said that the agency was attempting to capture the alleged. The FIA further informed the court that during preliminary investigation it was revealed that the MNA had transferred more than 100 plots of NPF in his on own name.
The defense counsel Raja Inam of the accused argued that his client was innocent and requested the court for removal of his name from FIR. He argued that the main accused was still at large due to his political influence, where as the lower cadre officers like Baksh were being implicated falsely, making them scapegoats.
He also argue that the FIA had not been providing copy of the FIR, however the Civil judge ordered FIA to provide the copy of FIR with further ruling to contact the court concerned over the elimination of name of the accused.
Baksh said before the court, that he was a lower grade worker and whatever he had done was on instruction of higher authorities of NPF because he believed in office decorum. He said, “If he allots the plots in his own name or relative names, this is his right because in NPF the quota is already allocated for employees”.
According to FIA, the case was registered against these persons on the order of Supreme Court (SC) in a suo motu case on June 21. The SC had ordered the managing director of the foundation to initiate action as the NPF Committee had established irregularities and corruption in purchase of land. Bakash was allegedly involved in Rs 6 billion corruption in NPF land purchase during his service period. Khan’s company Land Linkers was chosen to procure land for the housing scheme in Islamabad’s Sector E-11 for police personnel.
Unlike the comments of Baksh, FIA stated before the court that Baksh was the main player in this scam. He issued the allotment letters of many plots without the approval of competent authority. The former managing director and other officials of the NPF were involved in irregularities in the procurement of land. Vague agreements were made for the procurement of land without any final cut-off date for the supply of land and settlement of accounts by the NPF with Land Linkers.
Another FIR, vide No 342/11 July 2, 2011 has already been registered against above-mentioned persons with Shalimar Police Station on the charges of corruption, fraud and cheating. The accused was arrested on July 3 during a raid. The Shalimar police officials produced the accused before Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate Rai Liyaqat Ali Kharal on July 4 who granted 3-day physical of accused.
On Monday Senior Civil Judge in his order marks that, Investigation Officer (IO) had requested for seven days physical remand of the accused. “It has been further alleged that the recovery of moveable and immovable properties is expected from the accused and certain evidence is to be collected on the lines obtained from the accused. As per request of IO the four-day physical remand was granted and the court ordered the FIA to produce the accused before court on July 15.