Lahore: LHC issues warrants for ‘fraud’ doc
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday issued bail–able warrants for the doctor who issued medical certificate to an accused to get his exemption from a multimillion fraud case. The court also summoned the interior secretary on October 4. Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director General Muhammad Anwar Virk, FIA Punjab Director Waqar Haider, Lahore SSP Operations Sohail Sukhera and other officers appeared on Monday before Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, who is hearing different petitions accusing Asim Malik, the owner of visa consultancy firm, of fraud. The FIA director general informed the judge that no one was pressuring in multimillion fraud case against Asim Malik and investigation against him would be done on merit. He added the FIA had not transferred the investigation of the case from Jawad Qureshi to Khadim Hussain Bhatti, but services of the former had been placed at the disposal of the Punjab government, resulting in the change of investigation.
The court expressed dissatisfaction with his statement and ordered to again appoint Qureshi as the inquiry officer. The court also directed not to linger on the investigation. “The judiciary is accused of indulging in executive matters but in this case the executive is intervening in the functioning of the judiciary,” Justice Naqvi remarked.
Previously, the court had summoned Dr Asfand, Asim Malik and secretary interior in the case, but once again they remained absent on Monday. This irked the court that issued bail–able warrants of the doctor and ordered him to appear on next date of hearing on October 4. The court also issued notice to secretary interior for his personal appearance in the hearing.
The petitioners submitted that they had given money to the respondent firm, Future Concern, for going abroad but they were defrauded. They said the company’s chief executive, Asim Malik, neither sent them abroad nor returned their money.
The petitioners further stated the respondent was planning to flee the country because of the cases initiated against his company. They requested the court to order the FIA to place the name of the respondent on the exit control list (ECL) and issue directions for recovery of their money.
Also, the LHC on Monday summoned Punjab Health Secretary Arif Nadeem after issuing him a show cause notice on a contempt petition moved by four midwives of Faisalabad district.
Sajida Naheed and others, government employees in BPS-5, had moved the contempt petition, submitting that the court had earlier ordered the health secretary to decide their representations seeking confirmation of services.
They contended that the respondent secretary was not deciding their representations and they were wandering from pillar to post for implementation of the court’s earlier orders.
The petitioners requested the court to initiate contempt proceedings against the secretary and direct him to decide their representations. Justice Muhammad Khalid Mahmood Khan, after listening to initial arguments, summoned Health Secretary Arif Nadeem on October 15 besides issuing him a show cause notice.