SC summons Omni Group’s Majeed family in money laundering case

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday summoned Omni Group of Companies sponsor and former president Asif Zardari’s close aide Anwar Majeed and his family next Monday, August 13, in connection with a case relating to fake bank accounts.
A two member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar resumed hearing earlier today its suo motu case concerning an investigation into alleged fake accounts and fictitious transactions worth billions conducted through several mainstream banks via ‘benami’ accounts. Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur are among the accused in the case.
Talpur’s counsel Farooq H. Naik told the court that a lot of people were being defamed by being named in the probe by the Federal Investigation Agency, and asked the bench to stop the publicity surrounding the case.
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar remarked that the court would not support the FIA probe if the agency was accusing people wrongly.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial in his remarks stated that the amount present in the ‘fake’ accounts was black money and had been acquired through theft.
If money laundering was proven then the court would not spare anyone, the chief justice remarked. If not proven, then we would issue a certificate of honesty to your client, CJP Nisar continued.
The FIA is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from fictitious accounts, including Asif Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested last month in connection with the probe.
Meanwhile, a former employee of a bank told the Supreme Court today that the police was harassing her and her family in connection with the FIA probe into fake bank accounts.
After hearing her allegations, the chief justice expressed his annoyance at the police and remarked that the court will constitute a joint investigation team similar to the one formed to probe the Panama Leaks case against jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
In his remarks to Director-General FIA, CJP Nisar warned that if the agency registered a false case against anyone then the court would take action against it.
We want that whoever is named in the probe joins the investigation and clears their name by themselves, the top judge observed.
The chief justice then ordered Inspector-General Sindh Police Amjad Saleem to submit a report on the harassment incident within two days.
The police chief told the court that action would be taken against any police officers found involved in harassing innocent citizens.

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