Dr Asim indicted in Rs462 billion corruption case
KARACHI: An accountability courtroom in Karachi on Friday indicted former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain and 5 others in a corruption case involving Rs462 billion.
Nonetheless, Dr Asim, who can be a detailed confidante of former president and Pakistan Peoples party (PPP) chairman Asif Ali Zardari, pleaded no longer responsible in the case, saying the fees leveled against him by the national Accountability Bureau (NAB) had been false.
Dr Asim — who also heads Ziauddin hospitals’ trust-owned exclusive health services — is dealing with allegations of extending a ‘big’ loss to the countrywide exchequer by using misusing his powers as a federal minister.
Indictment: Dr Asim prone to be charged in two corruption circumstances
the top accountability physique had filed two references against the former minister and his alleged pals together with former civil servants and a few private persons.
The primary reference, which used to be filed on February 25, pertains to an alleged rip-off, where fuel used to be curtailed illegally to the agriculture sector to improvement a detailed workforce related to the fertilizer enterprise. NAB contends the price of fertilizers used to be arbitrarily hiked and Dr Asim acquired kickbacks in return.
Furthermore, the same reference reads about land scam, public fraud and money laundering. The total amount concerned on this investigation is Rs462.5 billion. Former petroleum and average assets secretary Ejaz Chaudhry, Karachi Docks Labour Board’s former CEO Safdar Hussain, Karachi progress Authority’s ex-administrators Syed Athar Hussain and Masood Haider Jaffery, and Ziauddin group finance director Abdul Hameed have additionally been named as co-accused.
The opposite reference, filed on March 5, revolves around unlawful award of contracts to a privately-managed fuel processing corporation, Jamshoro Joint venture limited (JJVL). In line with NAB, the private enterprise was once allowed to method fuel from 5 fields in shrink Sindh with out conducting an open auction, signing agreements and different quintessential procedures.
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The prosecution alleges that the confidential corporation was given the contract with out an open auction being held, agreements being signed or other necessary tactics required via the law to make the procedure obvious.
In the course of the course of this alleged unlawful system, a whole lack of Rs17.3 billion was once prompted to the country wide exchequer as a result of the misuse of authority via the previous minister, Sui Southern fuel organization’s (SSGC) incumbent managing director Khalid Rehman and different former top officials Zuhair Siddiqui, Azeem Iqbal, Shoaib Warsi, Yusuf Jamil Ansari, Malik Usman, Oil and fuel progress manufacturer confined’s (OGDCL) former managing director Basharat Mirza and one more reliable Zahid Bakhtiar. JJVL’s chief executive officer Iqbal Ahmed is also nominated is that this case.
The NAB had received custody of Dr Asim on December 11 in reference to an inquiry involving misuse of authority in allotment of plots and encroachment of state land for Dr Ziauddin health facility believe, fraud with public by walking a charity hospital on business foundation, kickbacks and commission by means of fertilizer cartel for illegal curtailment and cash-laundering.
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Dr Asim, chairman of the Sindh bigger education fee and a friend of former president Asif Ali Zardari, was once additionally going through bills of abetting and harbouring terrorists at his loved ones-owned hospitals in Karachi.
After spending 90 days in the custody of paramilitary Rangers, who detained him on August 26, he was once handed over to the Karachi police for further interrogation. The police, nonetheless, relieved him of the bills and got him released, sparking a tussle between the federal and provincial governments.