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Top court to hear fake bank accounts case next week

KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday fixed the hearing of the fake bank accounts case for Monday.

A bench of the Supreme Court headed by the CJP will hear the case.

The court has issued notices to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) director general, Sindh advocate general and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor general in this regard.

A notice has also been issued to Nimar Majeed, son of OMNI Group owner Anwar Majeed, to appear before the court.

Earlier, the top court had constituted a six-member joint investigation team (JIT) to investigate the case. The JIT, headed by FIA Headquarters Additional Director General (Economic Crime Wing) Ahsan Sadiq, includes Commissioner-IR (Corporate Zone) Regional Tax Officer Imran Latif Minhas, BID-I State Bank of Pakistan Joint Director Majid Hussain, NAB Director Noman Aslam, Director (Specialized Companies Division) Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan Muhammad Afzal  and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Brigadier Shahid Parvez.

Former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur were among over a dozen suspects named in a money-laundering scam.

In the FIA list, Anwar Majeed and his son’s names appeared on top of the list while Zardari and Talpur were at the bottom of the list.

In December 2016, the Pakistan Rangers conducted raids at the Karachi office of the Omni Group of Companies and the residence of its owner Anwar Majeed, a close aide of Zardari, and confiscated record allegedly related to money laundering.

The apex court in July had taken up a suo motu case regarding fake accounts that revolve around a 2015 inquiry into the suspicious transactions when 29 ‘benami’ bank accounts were identified. Seven individuals were found involved in transacting Rs 35 bn suspiciously.

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