A division bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday extended the interim bail of former president Asif Ali Zardari’s aide Amjad Ikhlaq till June 7, in a case pertaining to suspicious money transaction.
During a hearing, the bench, comprising Justice Mohsin Akhter Kiyani and Justice Baber Sattar, sought details from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of the suspected transactions on the next hearing.
NAB’s Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzafar Abbasi opposed the interim bail of accused Amjad Ikhlaq. NAB alleged that the accused had benefited the former president through the fake accounts transaction and there were sufficient evidence against him.
NAB said that heavy amounts were withdrawn with the signatures of Tariq Sultan from a fake account. The prosecutor said that the accused had also received a cheque of Rs0.6 million and prayed to the court to dismiss his interim bail petition for further investigation.
Abbasi said that the bank accounts in the name of Tariq Sultan and Qasim Ali were used for transactions of Rs2.5 and Rs150 million. He added that the accused Amjad Ikhlaq was an employee of the Zardari House and he had no other source of income.
The NAB chairman had issued arrest warrants against the accused as per law, he stressed. The court instructed the NAB investigation officer to produce details on next hearing pertaining to three suspect transactions and adjourned the hearing of the case.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 2nd, 2021.