–Accountability watchdog says had sent Mian Javed to jail two months ago ‘in a healthy state’
–Punjab Prisons IG orders probe as Senate panel summons NAB DG and Prisons IG in person at next meeting
–Javed a ‘victim of NAB’s draconian power’, claims analyst Ansar Abbasi
LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Islamabad on Saturday distanced itself from the death of Mian Javed Ahmed, a University of Sargodha educationist who had died on Friday, as the Senate’s Senate Standing Committee for Human Rights took notice of the incident and summoned the NAB director general and the IG Prisons Punjab in person at the committee’s next meeting.
In a statement, the accountability watchdog said it “rejects media reports” and made it clear that “it did not have a role” in the educationist’s death.
“Mian Javed, on court orders, was sent to jail in a healthy state almost two months ago,” the bureau’s Islamabad chapter stated in a press release. “His death took place at Services Hospital Lahore under jail custody.”
NAB pointed out that NAB Chairman Javed Iqbal had issued “clear instructions” to not handcuff any accused — directives it said are being adhered to.
NAB Lahore later expanded on the topic, saying that it’s the jail authorities that are responsible for matters related to the accused in their custody, and that NAB does not have a say in such matters.
In cases of judicial custody, NAB Lahore explained, jails officials issue orders pertaining to any emergency situation of those detained.
“As per the jail manual, any NAB official’s interference is unimaginable,” it added.
Meanwhile, Mian Javed Ahmed’s post-mortem examination was conducted at the Mian Mansha Hospital. The body was later handed over to Ahmed’s family for burial in EME Society.
PRISONS IG ORDERS INQUIRY, SENATE BODY TAKES NOTICE:
Punjab Prisons IG Mirza Shahid Saleem, meanwhile, ordered an inquiry into the case and directed DIG Prisons Malik Mubashir to furnish a report within two days.
“Whether Mian Javed’s death took place in jail or at the hospital … this is being ascertained,” the IG Prisons said. “Departmental action will be taken if anyone is found guilty following the inquiry.”
Senate Standing Committee for Human Rights Chairman Mustafa Nawaz also took notice of the Javed’s death and summoned the NAB director general and the IG Prisons Punjab in person at the committee’s next meeting.
“A person’s death under custody is a grave matter,” the chairman said.
He ordered that details regarding the professor’s incarceration and the ongoing case, along with his health records be provided at the earliest.
“It is evident that the law is being used against the weak,” he remarked, adding that the law was “like a spider’s web for the powerful”.
“What sort of accountability is this, the scope of which does not extend beyond students and politicians?” the chairman said in criticism of the bureau.
Analyst Ansar Abbasi later called Javed a “victim of NAB’s draconian power”. “His reputation was destroyed on the basis of mere allegation widely publicised by the NAB through media … There was no reference filed against the poor man but he was humiliated even after his death,” he wrote in his column.
While quoting a source, Abbasi claimed that Javed was kept “in the NAB barrack in jail”.
Ahmed, who was arrested by the NAB in October over allegations of establishing illegal campuses and minting millions from students, died while in judicial custody at the Lahore District Jail.
According to the Lahore District Jail authorities, the incarcerated professor had suffered cardiac arrest and was rushed to Services Hospital where the doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.
On Thursday, in the ongoing illegal campuses case, the accountability bureau had obtained an extension in the judicial remand until January 2 for Ahmed and four other professors arrested in the same case.
The university’s former registrar Brig (r) Rao Jamil, Mandi Bahauddin sub-campus CEO Waris and his partner Naeem, and former director of administration Akram were the other suspects arrested by NAB.
The suspects had purportedly made millions by opening illegal campuses in Lahore and Mandi Bahauddin.
NAB alleged that hundreds of students who studied at the illegal campuses of the university were charged millions of rupees. However, neither were examinations conducted nor were the students issued degrees. The affected students have time and again staged protests against the university administration.
Following the protests, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar had taken notice of the issue and referred the case to the NAB Lahore director general.