Saturday, November 26

Court rejects acquittal plea of former BDA chief in graft case

QUETTA:Munawar Shahwani, a Judge Accountability Court (AC) Quetta, on Wednesday rejected an application filed by former Chairman of Balochistan Development Authority (BDA) Anwar Sadat pleading acquittal from the corruption case.


Former Chairman BDA is facing a reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau Balochsitan in a massive corruption in the construction of Zhob Mir Ali Khel Road project. Zameer Chalgari appeared on behalf of NAB Balochistan.


As per NAB’s investigation into the construction of the road project, ex-Chairman BDA Sadat Anwar, former Additional Chief Secretary Development Ali Zaheer Hazara misused their powers and illegally transferred and handed over the Mir Ali Khel road construction project to Balochistan Development Authority (BDA) from Communication and Works Department .


The accused officers with mutual understanding increased cost of the road construction project from Rs1 billion and Rs 68 million to Rs 11 billion, providing illegal profit to the contractors.


Following the NAB’s intervention, a committee of experts constituted by the Chief Minister Balochsitan for analysis of the precise road estimate, revealed that the estimated cost of the road is beyond the fact and on committee recommendations, it was reduced from Rs 11 billion to Rs 6 billion.


Former accused officers handed over the contract of building bridges of a Mir Ali Khel Road project to a company named MN Constructions at higher rates than those set by the Balochistan government, which caused a loss of Rs 440 million to the national exchequer.


In return, heavy amount from the owner of this company was acquired by Sadat Anwar former chairman BDA. During the investigation, owner of the MN Constructions Company accepted his crime and voluntarily returned Rs 440 million to NAB.


Meanwhile, the accused filed an application in the accountability court pleading acquittal from the corruption case, but in the light of NAB’s investigation and proof against the accused, the accountability court rejected the plea.