Lahore: Police charged with protecting fraud accused
LAHORE: A complainant in a fraud case has alleged that the Cantt Division Investigating authorities are protecting the son of former Nawab of Bantva State of India in a matter involving property worth billions of rupees. Under a case (No 832/12) lodged with North Cantt police under sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 34 PPC against Zulkifal, the son of former Nawab, Khan Himmat Khan, a resident of 407-Arcade, Shaheed Millat, Tariq Road, Karachi, complainant Akbar Ali Bhatti, a resident of Alfalah Town, Bedian Road, told the police that he worked as a property dealer for 28 years.
In 2001, he had purchased immovable property belonging to Nawab Himmat Khan from Fajru Khan, son of Amrao Khan, for Rs2 million on the power of attorney and sale consent of the Nawab. The property spread across the four provinces but its location was not known.
After the Nawab’s death, he said he contacted his son Zulkifal, signed a purchase deed on a stamp paper (No 7794) with him on March 6, 2007 and paid him Rs50 million. The number of property claim was 8354–12NA.
After the purchase deed, he said he managed to locate the property in Lahore, Kasur, Sheikhupura, Muzaffargarh, Kot Addu, Layyah and Multan after hectic efforts of five years. As Zulkifal learnt, he had the power of attorney cancelled to stop him (Bhatti) from transferring the property in his name. By that time, he said he had sold the property to one Rao Younis.
He alleged Zulkifal had him implicated in fake cases lodged with North Cantt and Naseerabad police in Lahore and Risala police in Karachi. But he was cleared of the charges. Then he said he lodged a case against Fajru Khan and accomplices with Lahore’s Gulshan–e-Ravi police. They were declared guilty and sent behind bars.
He said he had also submitted an application (Number 1780) in the office of the Lahore CCPO on October 23, 2012, to register a case against Zulkifal at Lower Mall Police Station for making changes in the purchase deed but no case was registered yet. He said Cantt Investigation SP Fida Hussain had also heard both the parties and Fajru admitted that he sold the property to him under a legal agreement. Complainant Bhatti demanded that thumb impressions of accused Zulkifal on stamp papers should be cross-examined as he used to deviate from his confession in court. He also forwarded two applications to the DIG Investigation.
He said initially Cantt Division Investigation SP Fida Hussain had directed the IO in the case to get thumb impressions of accused Zulkifal. Following the directions, the IO sought permission for the same purpose from a local magistrate on November 28, 2012, but later the SP stopped the IO from getting thumb impressions for no obvious reason.
He alleged that SP Fida Hussain had started protecting Zulkifal as both the accused and the SP belonged to Karachi and they might have some ‘strong connection’. When contacted, SP Fida Hussain ruled out he had some connection with the accused. He said that the complainant could go to any forum against him as he (SP) was conducting investigation on merit. He went on to say that as the accused had confessed to his crime there was no need for getting his thumb impressions. He said that the complainant wanted to buy time by making such demands. The SP also said that once the investigation was complete, he would get everything in black and white from the accused and would get his thumb impressions.
Replying to another question, the SP said that he had been hearing the case for the last over two months and every time the complainant came up with a new demand.