CJP says embezzled money should be returned even after death


ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khan Khosa on Monday while hearing a case pertaining to corruption and illegal use of power remarked that wealth generated through corruption should be recovered even after the death of the accused.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa and comprising Justice Mushir Alam and Yahya Afridi heard a case filed by Riaz Bibi, the wife of late DSP Akhtar Kiyani, against the high court verdict.

During the course of proceedings, the court ordered Riaz Bibi to pay a sum of Rs 30 million on her appeal against the high court verdict.

It is pertinent to mention here that an accountability court awarded late DSP and his wife 10 years and five years sentence, respectively, and imposed Rs 30 million fine in the case of corruption and illegal use of power. The high court also maintained the accountability court verdict.

The chief justice remarked that one must have to pay the amount earned through corruption even after death. He observed that the plot was purchased at a price of Rs 20.5 million 25 years ago, which will be worth Rs 2.5 billion now.

He remarked that a fine of Rs 30 million imposed in 2003 is much less as per today’s time, adding that the fined amount can be raised but it cannot be slashed.

NAB Prosecutor said the Jamil Akhtar appointed in 1959 and retired in 1995 as Deputy Superintendent Police. The counsel for Mrs Riaz Bibi said that his client could not pay the amount, adding that NAB also froze bank accounts of his client opened after 1995.