Lahore: ‘Visa fraud’ case LHC warns FIA DG of jail
LAHORE: Lahore High Court Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi on Wednesday warned the director general of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) of jail if the owner of a visa consultancy firm was not arrested within 10 days while taking exception to his non-appearance in court. The judge adjourned further hearing until Dec 14 and ordered the FIA DG to ensure his appearance before the court. The judge observed that the FIA DG would be the first person to be sent to jail if the owner of visa firm was not arrested. The judge had summoned the DG for Wednesday but he did not turn up.
The judge was hearing over 100 petitions filed against the CEO of the visa consultancy firm on charges of committing fraud with people who had given him money for going abroad.
The counsel for the petitioners stated before the court that the accused could not be arrested till Rehman Malik was in interior ministry.
Justice Naqvi remarked that the government functionaries should not have any misconception that the court could not get its orders implemented.
The judge also accepted unconditional apology tendered by a superintendent of police and station house officer of Kohsar (Islamabad). They were issued show-cause notices for not appearing before the court when they were summoned to explain their non-cooperation with investigation team of the FIA for arrest of the accused.
In this case, the court had already ordered FIA to confiscate assets of the accused and his dependents and also put his name on exit control list (ECL). Number of writ petitions against the accused had risen to 108.
Petition against NGO: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday directed the petitioner to file rejoinder on his petition seeking ban on an NGO, for allegedly introducing books having material related to sex at girls’ schools after it went through the reply filed by the NGO.
In its reply filed through Bushra Sadiq, coordinator of the programme “Empowering Girls-Transforming Communities” under which they circulated books in schools of Gujranwala.
In her two-page reply she submitted that the project Empowering Girls–Transforming Communities (EGTC) was launched by them in Gujranwala on January 21, 2010 which was initiated in collaboration with the Education department Gujranwala.
She said the objective of the project was to equip young girls with social skills that can help them and their families live a healthy life. It was a school-based project.