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17 indicted in Pink Residency reference


An Accountability Court (AC) on Thursday indicted 17 accused including Omni Group’s Abdul Ghani Majeed in a reference pertaining to Pink Residency in connection with the fake accounts scam.

 The court also directed the prosecution to produce its evidence and witnesses on October 16 for testimony against the accused named in the graft reference.

 Accountability Court-II Judge Azam Khan conducted hearing on fake accounts reference moved by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against 17 accused including Abdul Ghani Majeed, son of Omni Group’s chief Anwar Majeed.

 During the course of proceedings, the judge read out the charges against the accused in their presence. However, the accused denied all allegations against them.

 The court ordered the NAB prosecutor to present evidence and witnesses on the next hearing to prove its case.

 Meanwhile, the court also dismissed the acquittal plea of two co-accused including Ali Gul and Qurban Ali in the case and framed charge sheet against accused including Abdul Ghani Majeed, Abdul Jabbar, Muhammad Shabbir, Syed Muhammad Ali Shah, Mumtaz Ali, Ali Gul, Sohail Memon, Mehtab Ali and others.

 The court then adjourned hearing on the case until October 17.

 According to the NAB reference, the accused had been involved in the illegal regularisation of two plots in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area in Karachi.

 One of the plots measured 23 acres, while the other was of seven acres.

 The anti-graft body alleged that the financial transactions related to the illegally regularised plots were conducted through fake bank accounts.

 It estimated that the illegal land regularisation and consequent sale inflicted a loss of Rs4 billion on the national exchequer.

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