KARACHI: An anti-corruption court on Wednesday granted interim pre-arrest bail to provincial secretary for local government Roshan Ali Shaikh in a corruption case till Jan 20.

The court also remanded assistant executive engineer of the Karachi Development Authority Zaheer Abbas to prison in the same case as the Anti-Corruption Establis­hment had arrested him on Jan 7 on the charges of misappropriation of funds meant for development schemes of the Karachi Metro­politan Corporation (KMC) through forged tendering.

The local government secretary through his lawyer moved an application seeking pre-arrest bail and after a preliminary hearing judge of special provincial anti-corruption court Naushaba Qazi granted him interim bail against a surety bond of Rs50,000 till Jan 20 and issued a notice to the Anti-Corruption Establishment for arguments at next hearing.

ACE investigating officer Ayaz Qaimkhani produced the detained assistant executive engineer before the court for remand and he was sent on judicial remand.

According to the ACE, the suspects have been allegedly involved in the embezzlement of funds of 10 development schemes of the KMC as they awarded tenders to the blue-eyed contractors without fulfilling the procedure,

while payments were also made in violation of rules and regulations. It further maintained that the work permits of these schemes were also not found.

The case was lodged under sections 161 (public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 5(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947 at the ACE police station.

Published in Dawn, January 9th, 2020

Opinion

Editorial

Afghan puzzle
Updated 28 May, 2024

Afghan puzzle

Unless these elements are neutralised, it will not be possible to have the upper hand over terrorist groups.
Attacking minorities
28 May, 2024

Attacking minorities

WHILE Pakistan has watched many perish in the cauldron of sacrilege, the state has done little to turn down the...
Persistent scourge
28 May, 2024

Persistent scourge

THE challenge of polio in Pakistan has reached a new nadir, drawing grave concerns from the Technical Advisory Group...
Mercury rising
Updated 27 May, 2024

Mercury rising

Each of the country's leaders is equally responsible for the deep pit Pakistan seems to have fallen into.
Antibiotic overuse
27 May, 2024

Antibiotic overuse

ANTIMICROBIAL resistance is an escalating crisis claiming some 700,000 lives annually in Pakistan. It is the third...
World Cup team
27 May, 2024

World Cup team

PAKISTAN waited until the very end to name their T20 World Cup squad. Even then, there was last-minute drama. Four...