Curbing corruption: Two bureaucrats remanded in land scam case

They were accused of embezzlement of Rs15m by issuing cheques to fake accounts


Our Correspondent August 05, 2015
They were accused of embezzlement of Rs15m by issuing cheques to fake accounts. PHOTO: CREATIVE COMMONS

KARACHI: The city's anti-corruption court remanded on Wednesday two former chiefs of the Quetta Town Cooperative Housing Society over charges of causing millions of rupees loss to the national exchequer through land scam.

The suspects, Akhtar Pathan and Altaf Memon, both grade 18 officers, were arrested by the provincial anti-corruption establishment after an inquiry launched by the department found them guilty of land scams and corruption.

Pathan was the administrator of Quetta Town built on the outskirts of the city off the Super Highway from 2010 till 2013 and was succeeded by Memon who held the post till 2014.

The officers have been accused of embezzlement of more than Rs15 million by fraudulently issuing cheques in the name of fake accounts in collusion of their subordinates. The FIR also mentioned the names of the society's then secretary, Humair Shaukat, office superintendent Arshad Khan, clerk Usman Ahmed and others.

The special judge, Gulshan Ara Chandio, sent the suspects to the investigators' custody on a three-day physical remand after approving their plea to interrogate them.

Two separate cases have been registered against the accused bureaucrats.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2015. 

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