An anti-corruption court in Karachi adjourned the hearing for bail of Maham Najeeb, suspect in a land scam case till July 11, on Wednesday. Najeeb has been named accomplice in the case for her alleged involvement in the purchase of a disputed four-acre piece of land.
The defendant along with her parents: Colonel (retd) Ali Asad Mirza and Nighat Mirza, and the then DG investment of the Employees Old Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) Wahid Khursheed Kunwar have all been booked in the case.
The judge of the special federal anti-corruption court, Tasneem Sultana, had reserved its order on the post-arrest bail application of Najeeb for pronouncement till July 10 after hearing arguments from both sides. On Wednesday, the judge adjourned the hearing for a day. The judge had previously granted interim pre-arrest bail to Mrs Mirza and reserved the order on the bail application of her daughter.
According to the FIR launched, the EOBI top management purchased a four-acre disputed plot of land from Nighat Mirza and Maham Najeeb at an exorbitant rate, whereas the actual rate of the land was much lower showing dishonesty with criminal intent.
A case was registered under Sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker merchant or agent), 419 (punishment for cheating by presentation), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 109 (abetment) of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 5 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act-II, 1947, at Federal Investigating Agency’s (FIA) Commercial Banking Circle, Karachi.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 11th, 2013.