KARACHI: The accountability courts' administrative judge remanded to jail on Wednesday three former top officials of Karachi Development Authority (KDA) for two weeks after examining the report against them produced by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in a land grabbing case.
The country's top anti-graft watchdog presented KDA's ex-additional director Mumtazul Haq, ex-director planning Akhlaq Ahmed and ex-assistant director master plan Munir Ahmed Khan before the administrative judge a day after their arrests were made.
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According to the NAB, the former officials, in collusion with some other persons, grabbed land reserved for utilities conduit in Gulistan-e-Jauhar block one. During investigations, it was established that 13 plots, each measuring 293.33 square yards to be exact, were illegally created on land kept for the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board and K-Electric, the bureau asserted, estimating the total loss to the national exchequer at around Rs500 million.
The judge, while sending the suspects to jail on judicial remand, asked the investigators to bring a progress report on next hearing. A total of 22 suspects have been nominated by the NAB in this reference.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 28th, 2016.