Dubious land purchase: Arrest warrants issued for Malik Riaz, his son

They are being charged with playing a role in purchase of land on fake documents.


Mudassir Raja October 08, 2011

RAWALPINDI:


The arrest warrants of Malik Riaz Ahmed, chief executive of Bahria Town, and his son Ali Riaz were issued here on Thursday.


The Director General (DG) of Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) obtained the arrest warrants for the duo’s alleged role in a case involving purchase of land on fake documents in Rawat.

ACE Rawalpindi has already taken Col (retd) Saeed Akhtar, the general manager of the housing society, Iqbal Ahmed, the site supervisor, along with two officials of the revenue department into custody for the use of fake identities and forged land documents in a 1,401-kanal land transaction in Rawat.

In his statement before the investigation team on October 3, Malik Riaz denied all the allegations and said his housing society was a victim in the case not the beneficiary. However, the ACE included names of the realtor and his son in the list of suspects in the case of the dubious deal worth Rs80.5 million which took place in 2009.

An official source said the DG constituted a four-member team, led by ACE Rawalpindi Director Muhammad Khan Ranjah, ACE Deputy Director Raja Zaheer, ACE Deputy Director Saqib Nisar and ACE Circle Officer Amjad Shahzad, to investigate the case on directions of the Supreme Court (SC).

The DG, the official said, approved the action against the suspects in the case on Wednesday before appearing in the SC on October 6, as the superior court had expressed annoyance over the delay in the case.

The investigators have arrested the revenue officials, Anan Bashir Kiani and Muhammad Rizwan, along with Ashfaq and Tanveer, the two front men of the housing society, on charges of making land transactions on forged documents and fake identities in the name of Bahria Town.

The FIR was registered on November 24, 2009 after the villagers complained to the ACE against the revenue officials for depriving them of their land.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 8th, 2011.

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