Karachi: 26 women among 273 booked for plundering Rs10.40 bn
KARACHI: Another scam of looting the national exchequer of Rs10.40 billion on fake documents through tax returns has been unearthed.
However, FIR against 273 persons including 26 ladies has been registered while the officials of FBR, who colluded with the accused, have been dropped from the FIR by the Directorate General of Intelligence and Investigation.
Following registration of FIR No 678/DC1/STFE/2011, the relevant department has taken into custody record from 52 bank branches in different citiesand seized fake documents, stamps, cheque books, fake invoices, computer records and laptops of the accused.
The laws of FBR not only demand recovering of double the amount so siphoned by the accused after proof of the crime but also call for award of exemplary punishment to the alleged officers of the FBR.
According to FBR, Muhammad Rafiq son of Abdul Sattar and Awais Siddique son of Siddique Suleman were arrested while three other accused – Muhammad Faisal, Waseem Ahmed and Muhammad Rizwan have been granted interim bail while other accused have been declared proclaimed offenders. However, Investigation Officer Farhatullah Jaffery has written that more documents are required in this regard. Sales tax numbers and office address of the accused have been mentioned in the FIR.