An employee of Metropolitan Bank, Sakina, was granted bail for Rs50,000 by the High Court of Sindh in a case worth Rs900,000.
According to the prosecution, an account holder, who filed the case, deposited the money into his account but the staff concerned put the money into another account in collusion with that client. This client then withdrew that money. The victim complained to the State Bank of Pakistan and the matter was referred to the Federal Investigation Agency that arrested Sakina.
Her lawyer Rizwan Ahmed Siddiqui has argued that she played no role in the alleged fraud as the main accused people, including a branch manager and senior staff members, were involved. On Monday, the division bench comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Salman Hamid granted Sakina protective, pre-arrest bail. She was directed to surrender before the trial court (banking court) in the protection period.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 4th, 2011.