Fake accounts case: NAB to produce two govt officials before accountability court tomorrow

F.P. Report

KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) will produce two government officials, who were arrested from Karachi in fake accounts case, before the accountability court in Islamabad on Monday seeking physical remand.

Both of them, Project Director Hassan Ali Memon aka Brohi and KMC Director Land Najam-uz-Zaman, have been shifted to Islamabad.

A team of the NAB had on Saturday raided a house in city’s Defence Housing Society (DHA) area in connection to investigation of fake accounts.

According to sources, the accountability watchdog officials conducted a raid on identification of Hassan Ali Memon, who was arrested by the NAB on Friday from Thatta. Documents of plots worth billions of rupees were also found from the house, sources informed.

It is expected that Hassan and Karachi Development Authority (KDA) Director Land Najam-uz-Zaman, would be shifted to Islamabad for further probe.

Sources said Zaman was facing charges of illegally allotting plots in Clifton. While Hassan Ali is accused of running an organised system of illegal land allotments and encroachments.

He is also involved in tampering documents of plots in Scheme-33 of Karachi, sources said, adding he is also suspected of forging land papers of Nawabshah and Shikarpur at the behest of some ‘bigwigs’.

The NAB team found that Hassan Ali had also deposited millions of rupees in four benami accounts. “In the past, appointments were made in the Board of Revenue on recommendation of Hassan Ali ,” sources told.

Memon was taken into custody on Friday (March 15) from Thatta.

According to sources, Hassan Ali Memon is a relative of former Sindh minister Sadiq Ali Memon and he was also named in the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report in the money-laundering case.

Memon is a brother of Mumtaz Ali Memon, the Chairman Municipal Committee Thatta.

He was an engineer in Sindh Coal Authority and the project director for the Special Initiative, sources said.

A banking court on Friday granted a plea of NAB and decided to transfer the high-profile money-laundering case against former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Fayal Talpur to Rawalpindi.

The court also suspended the bails of Asif Ali Zardari, Faryal Talpur, Nimar Majeed, Zulqarnain and other accused in the case.