KARACHI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested on Thursday four suspects, including a former director of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), responsible for overseeing and managing air-traffic at the country’s airports on charges of corruption and causing millions of rupees in losses to the public exchequer in 2011.
The arrests were made after an inquiry launched by the FIA found that the then CAA director and aviation security chief, Air Commodore (retd) Gulzar Ahmed Janjua, senior joint director finance disbursement Shakoor Abbasi, assistant director electronics Shaikh Mehboob and chief executive officer of a catering company Muhammad Raza were involved in a scam pertaining to a plot of land owned by the authority.
According to the FIA, Janjua, who held the portfolio of president at CA Club, in collusion of Abbasi, treasurer; Mehboob, senior admin officer; illegally and fraudulently leased the 19,066 square yards jogging track at the club to al Mubarak Caterers and Decorators, owned by Raza, for five years.
The CA Club president issued the land contract to the Mubarak Caterers illegally as neither a tender notice was issued in newspapers for its lease nor was a proper channel used for this, the report stated, adding that the amount quoted by the company was much lesser as compared to the other competitors.
All four men have been taken into custody and are likely to be presented before court for their remand.
Meanwhile, the FIA claimed to have arrested a man, identified as Fareed Jamal, who used to extort money from businessmen in the garb of a military person.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2015.