Karachi: Rs1.7m embezzlement case Edhi staffers’ acquittal plea rejected
Karachi: A court rejected the acquittal plea of three staffers of the Edhi Welfare Trust in an embezzlement case on Tuesday and directed the investigation officer to produce witnesses for recording their statements on September 10.
Mohammad Arif, Abdul Rauf and Ramzan were charged with embezzling Rs1.7 million from an Edhi Welfare Trust (EWT) account. They had filed an acquittal application under Section 249-A CrPC through their lawyer in the court of Judicial Magistrate (South) Hatim Aziz Solangi.
After hearing the arguments, the court turned down their plea on the grounds that the charge sheet in the case had already been submitted, and donation books had also been recovered from their possession. However, all the three staffers were on bail and they appeared before the court on Tuesday.
Assistant Deputy District Public Prosecutor Syed Shamim Ahmed argued that since the donation books had been recovered from their possession, they could not be cleared of the charges at this stage.
The three staffers were assigned to collect donations under the head of the Edhi ambulance service but they did not deposit the donations in the Edhi account which they collected from various sources. The manager of Edhi Welfare Trust, Anwer Kazmi, only came to know about such embezzlement while making inventory of the donations.
Three out of six witnesses, including complainant Anwer Kazmi, were present in the court. The magistrate asked the three witnesses about the missing of donation books, to which they replied in affirmative.
Kazmi deposed that the missing donation books were later recovered from the three accused. The court directed the IO to produce the witnesses on September 10 for recording their statements.