SC forms 6-member JIT to probe fake bank accounts case

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) to investigate the fake bank accounts case has constituted a six-member joint investigation team (JIT) on Thursday.

The Apex Court order in this connection stated, “We constitute the following JIT for the purpose of conducting a thorough investigation into the matter of fake bank accounts subject matter of these proceedings to get to the truth, uncover the persons involved and collect all material evidence for the purpose of ensuring that in case an offence is made.”

The six members of JIT, headed by Additional Director General (Economic Crime Wing) FIA Headquarters Ahsan Sadiq, include Commissioner-IR (Corporate Zone) Regional Tax Office Imran Latif Minhas, Joint Director BID-I State Bank of Pakistan Majid Hussain, Director National Accountability Bureau Noman Aslam, Muhammad Afzal, Director (Specialized Companies Division) Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan and Brigadier Shahid Parvez of Inter-Services Intelligence.

The JIT has been barred by the top court from providing any information to the media in this regard.

It has rendered the JIT high powers for inquiries and investigations. All executive authorities or agencies in the country are directed to provide assistance and support to the JIT in its working.

“The JIT shall submit periodic reports before this Court qua the progress made in the investigation on fortnightly basis under sealed cover,” reads the court order.

First report of the JIT will be submitted within 15 days of the court order.

Pakistan Rangers have been directed by court to provide adequate and effective security to the investigators and witnesses involved in the case.

Headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, a bench of the apex court issued these directives while hearing the case with regard to money laundering of Rs35 billion through fake bank accounts.

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