Islamabad: Joint secretary ED granted bail in Haj corruption case
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman Wednesday granted bail to Joint Secretary Establishment Division (ED) S M Tahir in the Haj corruption scam.
S M Tahir and some other officials of the Establishment Division were implicated in the Haj corruption scam for their alleged involvement in the illegal appointment of DG Haj Rao Shakeel and concealing facts regarding pending cases against him. It was alleged by the FIA that DG Haj was appointed without merit due to the involvement of the ED.
S M Tahir previously had applied for a bail before arrest that was rejected by the special judge central on October 6. He then applied for a bail after arrest bail that was also rejected by the SJC.
His legal counsel Sana Ullah Zahid told the court that the appointment of DG Haj was illegal due to the facts that he was more than 56 years of age that was against the prescribed criteria, there were pending cases against him with the accountability courts and the ED allegedly received his application ten days after the final date of application.
Legal counsel for S M Zahid told the court that his client was not involved in concealment of the facts and he instead highlighted these facts. He raised the issue of his age. He pointed out that there were cases pending against him and there was secretary ED Ismail Qureshi who concealed these facts.
Regarding an application receiving after closing date, counsel for S M Tahir told the court that Rao Shakeel had previously applied for the post of DG Haj in 2006. So his application was already there with the ED.
He said that his counsel instead of including among the accused should have been included among the witnesses. He said that S M Tahir has no connection whatsoever with Rao Shakeel. The FIA has checked all his bank accounts and the accounts of his relatives also and found out with no increase in the assets.
Tahir’s counsel told the court that his client has been a heart patient and has been admitted to the ICU of Benazir Bhutto Hospital and the PIMS. The court conceding to his arguments granted bail against the surety bonds of Rs0.2 million.