Former director general (DG) Hajj Rao Shakeel has been given into the custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Punjab on a 14-day physical remand for investigation of assets acquired beyond his means.
Director NAB Punjab Atiqur Rehman confirming the arrest said that former DG Hajj, arrested earlier by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) as a proclaimed offender in the Hajj scam, is now in judicial lock-up.
NAB arrested Shakil after the FIA discovered that he had amassed illegal assets valued at millions of rupees.
Shakil is alleged to have embezzled millions of rupees in hiring accommodation for Hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. The case has been registered by FIA Islamabad and further investigations are underway.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 19th, 2011.
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