A day after the Punjab government had granted permission for the shifting of two prime accused in the fake bank accounts case from Rawalpindi to Karachi, the order has been revoked as both Abdul Ghani Majeed and Hussain Lawai will now be kept in Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi.
According to media reports, Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed dissatisfaction at the Punjab government’s order regarding the transfer of suspects arrested in the money laundering probe.
Both the suspects should be treated as per the law, reports quoted the premier as saying, adding that the provincial government later revoked its order.
On Saturday, a notification issued by the Punjab Home Department to the provincial inspector general of prisons said, “Permission is hereby granted for accused prisoners namely Abdul Ghani Majeed and Hussain Lawai to remain confined in district jail Malir in Sindh till finalisation of the case before special judge (offences in banks) Karachi, Sindh, as per recommendation of home department, government of Sindh.”
The Supreme Court through the order dated November 17, 2018, had directed shifting of Majid and Lawai to be shifted to Adiyala Jail in Rawalpindi for interrogation by the JIT.
The order has neither been challenged by the two accused nor vacated or reviewed by the court.
In the Supreme Court verdict issued on January 7, both the individuals continued to be detained in Punjab and it was for this reason that it did not pass any fresh order for their detention outside Sindh.
The FIA submitted its report to the apex court in July 2018 which revealed a web of companies and accounts that were being used to transfer billions of rupees.
29 accounts were identified that received payments.