NAB for blacklisting passports of accused

Published: April 20, 2018


LAHORE: As the investigations proceed in Eden Housing Society scam, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore is taking steps to blacklist the passports of the four partners of the administration of the society.

An investigator of the anti-graft watchdog told The Express Tribune that the bureau has formally initiated criminal proceedings against Eden Housing Scheme. They had already got the passport of the owner of Eden Housing projects blacklisted by the authorities concerned, he added. NAB had sent a letter in February to the interior ministry to put the name of the administration of Eden Housing Society on the Exit Control List (ECL). It was pending with the ministry since February 2018, he added.

He added that a committee to resolve the issues of the victims of the scam would be formed. NAB had already uploaded a form on its website for the victims to register their complaints.

A few weeks back, NAB Lahore Director General Saleem Shahzad had ordered an inquiry against all the projects of Eden when a large number of people had protested against the housing projects. In February, the NAB DG had held an open court to listen to the complaints of victims of corruption.

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Over 90% complaints were received against the housing societies and he ordered to initiate action against Elite Town, Eden Housing, Shujah Town, Formanites Housing Scheme, Khyaban-e-Amin, Model Housing Enclaves and Awan Enterprises.

As part of the investigations against Eden, NAB had ordered to freeze the properties of the Eden housing projects’ owners two weeks ago. The anti-graft watchdog has also summoned the owners of the housing society to appear before the bureau.

The notices were issued to Dr Amjad, Anum Amjad, Murtaza Amjad and Mustafa Amjad. NAB has also acquired the details of the properties of the owners of Eden Housing Society which revealed that that the owners had at least 111 commercial plots in Eden housing projects in Lahore alone.

The accused have eight commercial plots near Eden Canal Villas and Canal Road. They also have two commercial plots of four kanals near the airport. NAB’s initial inquiry revealed that the accused had two commercial plots of 10 marlas in Eden City near the new airport.

NAB has also found evidence of property owned by the accused in Eden Abad, Defence Road that was entitled to Eden Housing and its directors. They have 404 kanals of land entitled to them in the name of Capital Land Developers in Mauza Tamma, Chatha and Mohriyan.

They also had 333 kanals of land in the name of Golden Earth and AM Form in Mauza Bhaghrian and Zila Dharma Chandar. NAB investigations have found 26 commercial plots against their name in a project named Eden Residentia. The anti-graft watchdog has also sealed eight acres near Canal Road. NAB Lahore has also frozen all the accounts of their bank accounts.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 20th, 2018.

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