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Remand of JUP-linked man extended

Remand of JUP-linked man extended

KARACHI: The remand of a Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Pakistan-linked man was extended for four more days in a money laundering case on Saturday.

After the expiry of his remand, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) produced suspect Shabbir Abu Talib in court and sought his further custody on the grounds that the investigation was not yet completed.

District and Sessions Judge (south) Ahmed Saba while exercising magisterial powers/tribunal powers under the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act granted extension in the remand of the suspect for four days.

The court asked the investigation officer to produce the suspect along with a progress report on the next hearing.

Ex-LARP official

An accountability court extended the physical remand of a former project director of the Lines Area Redevelopment Project (LARP) in a case pertaining to his alleged involvement in land-grabbing.

The National Accountability Bureau had arrested Fareed Ahmed Yousufani on Aug 6 and obtained his 14-day physical remand the following day for questioning.

The investigators produced him again before the administrative judge of the accountability courts and sought an extension in his remand.

The administrative judge, Saeed Qureshi, granted two-week extension in his remand.

The suspect was arrested for his alleged involvement in land-grabbing of plots worth Rs5 billion through ‘China-cutting’ to bypass the auction which was otherwise mandatory as per law. He allotted the land to builders land grabbers at throwaway prices for a bribe and commission.

In June 2015, NAB had arrested five officers of LARP on similar charges.

Published in Dawn, August 23rd, 2015

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