Two more sent to jail in Rs5.76billion corruption case

KARACHI: The Accountability Court on Wednesday sent an owner of private advertising agency, Inam Akbar and a government officer, Yousuf Kaboro to prison on judicial remand in a case pertaining Rs5.76billion corruption in Sindh information department.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had arrested Akbar and Kaboro from Islamabad on Tuesday after rejection of their bail applications from the Supreme Court.

The NAB authorities produced both the suspects before the court which sent them to jail on judicial remand. The court also rejected Akbar’s application seeking medical facilities, observing that the NAB had already medically examined him and he was alright.

Besides, the court issued notice to NAB on Akbar’s another plea in which he sought B-class facilities in the prison. It directed the corruption watchdog prosecutor submit the response on the application by Jan 09 and put off the hearing.

The NAB had booked 17 including the former information minister Sharjeel Memon, Inam Akbar, Riaz Munir, Mohammad Hanif, Asim Amir Khan Sikandar for allegedly causing Rs5.76billion loss to the national exchequer through the embezzlement in the government’s advertisement campaign on electronic media.

According to NAB, the investigation was conducted regarding corruption and corrupt practices in the advertisement awareness campaigns on TV and FM channels between July 2013 and June 2015 and it was found that the accused acted with the connivance of each other resulting in losses to the national exchequer.

It may be not Memon and other accused had already been arrested and currently behind the bars in the case.