ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to investigate 18 transactions made by the Employees Old Age Benefit Institution (EOBI), Express News reported.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on June 9 took suo motu notice of a media report regarding alleged corruption amounting to over Rs40 billion in the EOBI.
During its first hearing today, the apex court stated that the FIA can also extend its investigation to transactions other than the 18 mentioned above.
Justice Chaudhry took notice of the graft allegations after a note was forwarded to him by the Supreme Court registrar. He had summoned the incumbent EOBI chairman and his predecessor, Zaffar Iqbal Gondal, along with the attorney general, secretary of the human rights development ministry and director general of the FIA.
The registrar’s note, which is based on a television programme, alleges that the EOBI lost billions of rupees to corruption over the last three years. It accuses Gondal, the EOBI’s director general (Investment) and the director general (Human Resource) of involvement in the scam.
The note makes several allegations, many of which involve the purchase of land at a cost higher than the market value without the approval of the Board of Trustees.
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