NAB reference filed against Saleem Mandviwala

Senate deputy chairman is accused of facilitating sale of govt plots, receiving money through fake accounts


Our Correspondent January 13, 2021

ISLAMABAD:

In a major breakthrough in the fake accounts scandal, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has filed a reference against Senate Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandviwala over Kidney Hills plots allotment case.

NAB has nominated Saleem Mandviwala, Nadeem Mandviwala, Ejaz Haroon, Abdul Ghani Majeed and Tariq Mahmood as the accused. Saleem Mandviwala is alleged to have facilitated Ejaz Haroon in selling government plots to Omni Group’s Abdul Ghani Majeed.

According to the NAB reference, Haroon received huge sums of money from fake accounts in exchange for the plots. He prepared backdated files of the plots and then Mandviwala assisted him in selling them to Abdul Ghani Majeed.

NAB alleges that Saleem Mandviwala and Ejaz Haroon received Rs140 million through fake accounts. From his share, Mandviwala first bought a plot in the name of ‘benami’ [frontman] person. Later he sold the plot and bought shares in the name of another frontman.

From that money, according to NAB reference, Saleem Mandviwala and Nadeem Mandviwala bought shares in Mangla View Company in the name of Tariq Mahmood.

In addition, a meeting of the NAB Executive Board approved the filing of a reference against former Sindh minister Jam Khan Shoro, and inquiries against several Sindh government officials, including Owais Muzaffar Tappi and Sohail Anwar Sial.

The board meeting at NAB Headquarters, chaired by NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal and attended by Deputy Chairman Hussain Asghar, and other senior officers, also approved two more references.

In one reference, Jam Khan Shoro and several government officials from Hyderabad are accused of illegally occupying government land in Jamshoro, Qasimabad, Sindh and using it for personal use, causing a loss of about Rs5 billion to the national exchequer.

The second reference, filed against Adil Karim, deputy director of the Board of Investment, Islamabad, and other government officials, alleges that the accused persons misused their powers and caused a loss of Rs417.409 million to the national exchequer.

The NAB board meeting approved seven inquiries against Fida Khan, Aftab Khan [frontman], Owais Muzaffar Tappi and others. It also approved five investigations against former Sindh home minister Sohail Anwar Sial and officials from the Special Initiatives Department, Fisheries Department, and the officials from the Balochistan Development Authority.

Meanwhile, the NAB executive board closed an inquiry, pertaining to the procurement of MI-171E helicopter for the Balochistan government for lack of evidence against the Procurement Committee and others.


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