SECP chief gets 5-day interim bail in record tampering case

Published: July 17, 2017
Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) chairman Zafar Hijazi addressing a gathering. PHOTO: ONLINE / FILE

Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) chairman Zafar Hijazi addressing a gathering. PHOTO: ONLINE / FILE

A special court in Islamabad on Monday granted 5-day interim bail to Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) chairman Muhammad Zafar Hijazi, who faces charges of tampering with the records of Sharif family’s companies.

According to Express News, the SECP chairman was granted interim pre-arrest bail until July 21 by Special Court Central, Islamabad. Earlier, Hijazi was granted a transitory bail till July 17 by the Islamabad High Court against surety bonds of Rs10,000.

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While granting the transitory bail till July 17, IHC’s Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani had advised the SECP head to approach the appropriate forum – the Special Court Central. The bail request was submitted by Hijaz’s counsel, Sheikh Zameer Hussain, who cited his 64-year-old client’s medical condition including a kidney transplant and diabetes mellitus type-2 that would make his detention injurious to his health.

The joint investigation team (JIT) – probing into Sharif family’s offshore assets  in line with the apex court’s April 20 verdict in Panamagae case – had earlier alleged that the SECP tampered with records of the sugar mills.

The Supreme Court three-judge special bench – overseeing implementation of the Panamagate verdict – had later directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to probe the allegation and Hijazi and some other senior SECP officers appeared in this connection before a four-member FIA team last week.

SECP chairman Zafar Hijazi granted bail till July 17

A news report claimed that investigations into alleged money laundering by Chaudhry Sugar Mills was closed in 2013 but it did not reflect in files of the SECP and that later in 2016 the SECP chairman Hijazi forced his subordinates to tamper old files to show closure of inquiry in backdates, that is, in 2013.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Mujahid Mahmood
    Jul 18, 2017 - 12:20AM

    The point to understand is that this man is NOT healthy or fit enough to go to jail, but somehow is he healthy and fit enough to draw salary from the Government of Pakistan and work in his present job?

    At least SUSPEND him from his current job WITHOUT pay and terminate all benefits.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Jul 18, 2017 - 12:22AM

    At his age and ailments, this man should have known better. Well if he has done tampering with records which is a crime then he should take the responsibility and face the music, sick or not. By the way his family could provide him the medical facilities in jail if indeed he winds up in jail. Strange as it may sound, Pakistani jail allow the families to bring in food and medicines.Recommend

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