What measures taken to arrest MQM leader in KPT corruption case, SHC asks NAB

Karachi: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday asked the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) that what steps were taken to arrest former minister for ports and shipping and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Baber Ghauri in a case pertaining to Rs2.8billion corruption in the Karachi Port Trust (KPT).

A division bench was hearing bail pleas of KPT ex general manger Rauf Akhtar Farooqui and others who had moved the court praying for bail.

On Thursday, the NAB prosecutor informed the judges that the inquiry had been completed and the reference will be filed in the Accountability Court soon.

The court was informed that MQM’s Baber Ghauri, who was serving as minister for ports and shipping at the alleged offense time, will also be nominated in the reference.

“What the NAB had done to arrest Ghauri and others. If some accused are still absconding, they should be arrested,” the SHC remarked. Extending Farooqui and others bail till May 03 the court directed the corruption watchdog to submit progress report in the next hearing.

According to NAB, the accused persons in connivance with each other had illegally regularized 940 employees, causing Rs2.8billion loss to the national exchequer.

The Nab prosecutor had requested the court to turn down bail pleas, maintaining that there were concrete evidences against the suspects.