Hearing adjourned in PTV corruption case after Masood seeks exemption


ISLAMABAD: A special court of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Tuesday adjourning the hearing of the PTV corruption case against its former chairman and managing director (MD) Dr Shahid Masood till April 16.

Judge Kamran Basharat heard the case in which Masood, through his counsel Shah Khawar, filed a plea seeking one-day exemption from court appearance.

Later, the court adjourned the hearing into the matter until April 16.

In January, Masood was granted bail by the Supreme Court in the PTV corruption scandal against bail bonds amounting to Rs500,000.

On Nov 23, 2018, FIA had arrested Masood after the Islamabad High Court rejected his bail plea and he was shifted to Adiala jail on judicial remand.

He is accused of embezzling Rs 37 million during his tenure as MD by awarding contracts to a fake company. According to the FIA, Masood paid the company a sum of more than Rs3 million at the time of the agreement as the firm was registered in Lahore and provided catering services.

On Jan 10, an accountability court had deferred indictment of Masood. The judge had deferred the indictment after Masood’s counsel raised objections on certain charges added to a challan against his client.