Hyderabad Accountability Court Judge Inam Ali Kalhoro disqualified Jalil-uz-Zaman, son of former Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPP) president Makhdoom Amin Fahim, to 10 years on plea bargain from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in assets more than income case.
The judge of the accountability court ordered the release of Makhdoom Jalil-uz-Zaman, who was present in the court.
The court passed the order after convicting Makhdoom Jalil -uz- Zaman under sections 25B and 15 of the National Accountability Ordinance 1999.
The ruling said that if Jalil-uz-Zaman has any government post, he will have to resign and will not be able to represent any government agency for 10 years or be ineligible to be a part of any public body or service of Pakistan.
The court said that they would not be given any financial facility in the form of loan or advance from any bank or national institution for 10 years.
The court ordered the NAB investigating officer to release Jalil-uz-Zaman immediately if he was not wanted in any other case.
Investigating Officer Adnan Hafeez filed a petition before the court for ratification of a plea bargain under Section 25B of the National Accountability Ordinance 1999, which was granted by the Director-General NAB Karachi at the request of accused Makhdoom Jalil-uz-Zaman.
He said that an inquiry was held against the accused along with former District Accounts Officer of Hyderabad and co-accused Mushtaq Ahmed Sheikh on the charge of making assets in excess of income by illegally obtaining money.
The investigating officer said that the inquiry was allowed on February 10, 2017, and the final reference of Rs. 704.778 million was filed on June 6, 2017.
He said that the accused along with Mushtaq Ahmed Sheikh embezzled Rs 15 million and received Rs 60 lakh in his account on August 12, 2011, while Rs 1.5 million was received in his wife’s account on April 4, 2015.
The investigating officer said that Mushtaq Sheikh also paid Rs. 7.5 million for the purchase of a flat on 24 Commercial Street in Defense Karachi in 2015 in the name of Makhdoom Jalil’s brother-in-law.
The NAB officer informed the court that Makhdoom Jalil-uz-Zaman has requested to pay of Rs 15 million under Section 25B of the NAB Act.
He said that the reference is pending in the court but the accused has requested to deposit Rs. 15 million under a plea bargain.
Makhdoom Jalil-uz-Zaman’s lawyer Haji Khan Hanguro said that his client had returned the money on October 3 after his arrest.
He said that my clients were with NAB on 7-day remand from October 1 and they were arrested from Karachi.
He said that the NAB investigation report revealed that Mushtaq Sheikh had given a loan of Rs 10 million to his peer Makhdoom Jalil to get him out of the financial crisis as he was in crisis at the time.
The lawyer said that a land lease agreement had been reached at that time.
It may be recalled that Accountability Court Judge Inam Ali Kalhoro had handed over former Taluka Nazim Makhdoom Jalil-ul-Zaman to NAB on October 1 in a case of assets more than income case assets.