Magistrate hands over Moonis to FIA

Published: March 19, 2011
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Moonis Elahi waves to party workers as he arrives for hearing. PHOTO: INP

Moonis Elahi waves to party workers as he arrives for hearing. PHOTO: INP

LAHORE: 

Moonis Elahi, the son of former Punjab Chief Minister Pervez Elahi, was handed over to the custody of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) by a judicial magistrate in Lahore on Friday, in connection to his alleged involvement with the National Insurance Company (NICL) fraud.

FIA officials produced the younger Elahi, a member of the Punjab Assembly from the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) faction, before Judicial Magistrate Muhammad Eahtasham Sadiq’s court amid tight security. PML-Q supporters were present at the court and shouted slogans in Elahi’s favour.

The investigating officer of the case requested a seven-day physical remand of Moonis Elahi from the court, but was only awarded a three-day remand by the magistrate. The FIA had argued that the authorities need to recover Rs320 million from Elahi, which they claim he has transferred into the bank account of a manager at one of the companies he owns.

Elahi’s lawyer, however, pointed out that the entire Rs1.68 billion allegedly embezzled from the NICL has been returned by the principal suspect in the case, Mohsin Warraich, the son of a former federal cabinet minister. He argued that, given that the money had already been recovered, the case against Elahi was tantamount to political victimisation.

The court handed over Elahi to the FIA, directing them to produce him again before the court by March 21, along with the results of their investigation till that date.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 19th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Shazada Zahid Malik Loan
    Mar 20, 2011 - 1:09AM

    Since Monis Elhai is a criminal he should be stripped of his membership as a member of the provincial assembly and sent to jail for a long time. The Elhais are corrupt bunch from Gujrat’s unknown village and must be investigated. There brand name of the Elhais is corruption and more corruption – their patron was Zia Ul Haq. The Elhais, hitherto unknown, before their grandfather police constable Zahoor Elhai joined the ranks of the mist corrupt – ever since the Elhais have been siphoning of the Pakistan’s treasury. Their run of the corruption must now be put to an end, once and for all. Recommend

  • Jalil Khan
    Mar 26, 2011 - 11:24AM

    @Shazada Zahid Malik Loan: Yar tum jo bhi kaho, you may say what you want but my vote in the next election will be with him or her who sides with Mooni Elahi. He is such a cool dude. I heard him talking to some American senators and congressmen at the Prayers Day Breakfast at the White House last year and I must say that the fella was talking a lot of sense. As a Pakistani settled in the United States hearing him was a great upper. I feel sad to find that he is under detention. Come on Pakistanis stop sending your heroes to the gallows! Recommend

  • Mashud Ali
    Mar 26, 2011 - 11:19PM

    This all drama against Moonis Elahi is created to defame him. He surrender himself to FIA many days ago. So Why there is not a single proof against him? What FIA is doing? The only reason that FIA fail to prove him guilty is that there is actually nothing against him found till today. FIA’s boss Rehman Malik is so desperate to find anything and then blackmail the Chaudhries to join the sinking boat of the PPP Government. Recommend

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