FIA allowed to probe 34 Axact bank accounts


For a fourth day on Friday, officials of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) visited the headquarters of Axact, Karachi-based IT company facing the heat in fake degrees scandal, to continue their investigation and questioning of the IT company’s employees while the agency has also been granted permission by district and sessions judge south to probe 34 bank accounts linked to the company under section 94 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

To the judge, the application submitted by FIA Assistant Director Corporate Crime Circle Saeed Ahmed Memon stated that an enquiry was being conducted into allegations of “providing fake and fictitious degrees on the basis of fake fictitious documents, CNICs of other persons etc for depositing illegal fund”.

It said 24 accounts were opened on fake documents and CNICs and funds had been deposited in several banks.

In the meanwhile, FIA visited Axact headquarters, examined records and questioned employees on their company’s affairs.

The FIA has given Axact CEO Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh 48 hours to appear before the agency to record a statement on the fake degree scandal.

Earlier, in a raid on the company’s office in Karachi on Thursday, FIA investigators confiscated 10 computers besides important documents, fake degrees, certificates and an electronic stamp-making machine. The confiscated computers were shifted to FIA’s Cyber Crime wing for forensic tests.

Six senior employees from Axact’s Rawalpindi office visited the FIA office on Thursday for questioning. Those appearing before the FIA included Axact Regional Head Col (r) Jamil Ahmed, Senior Manager Safety and Security Col (r) Muhammad Younis, HR Assistant Manager Abid Khan, IT Assistant Manager Muhammad Amjad, sales leads Hasnainur Rehman and Sajjad Haider. The six employees were issued notices on Wednesday to appear before the FIA.

The inquiry of the fake degree scandal is being led by Corporate Branch Deputy Director Jalil Khan while FIA Cyber Crime Circle teams from across the country have been called to Karachi.