The government on Tuesday placed the names of all the accused in the Employees’ Old Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) scam on the Exit Control List (ECL).
The accused cannot leave the country until the apex court directs the government to lift the restriction, officials said.
When asked whether names of the accused in the EOBI were put on the Exit Control List, spokesperson for the interior ministry Omar Hameed Khan confirmed the move as saying, “Yes.” Khan, however, did not reveal the names of the accused.
On June 29, the Supreme Court took suo motu notice over a note sent by the court registrar, based on a television programme suggesting that the institution had violated Article 9 (security of person) and Article 24 (protection of property rights) of the Constitution.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) formed six teams to expedite investigation into the multibillion corruption scam on July 5. A preliminary probe indicates that top executives of the EOBI invested around Rs40 billion into the private sector, flouting rules and without a prior approval of EOBI’s Board of Trustees.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 17th, 2013.