KARACHI: An accountability court on Thursday deferred indictment of former petroleum minister, Dr Asim Hussain, and others in two graft references involving Rs480 billion. Dr Asim and his associates, including serving and retired bureaucrats and some private persons, allegedly caused ‘huge’ losses to the national exchequer by misusing their powers and committing fraud. The National Accountability Bureau has filed two references against them, one pertaining to gas supply and fertiliser price manipulation and another about granting licence to an LPG firm without open auction. Thursday’s hearing was fixed for framing of charges, however Dr Asim’s lawyers complained that he had not received copies of the prosecution documents as yet. Judge Saad adjourned the hearing till April 25.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th, 2016.
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