WEB DESK: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) will arrest former Minister Petroleum Dr Asim Husain over corruption charges on Friday (today).
Director General NAB, Sindh Lieutenant Colonel Siraj ul Naeem (Retd) has already confirmed that his Bureau had established several cases of corruption against Dr Asim and his organisation would initiate a formal inquiry against him after conclusion of police investigations.
Now, the police have concluded its inquiry in a case (197/15) registered by Sindh Rangers at North Nazimabad Police Station against Dr Asim. Consequently, the NAB officials took his custody from Gulberg police station and transferred him to an undisclosed place, sources said.
Sources in NAB said that the Bureau has established five references and levelled serious allegations of corruption and illegal appointments in Sui Southern Gas Company. Sources further said that NAB has also framed charges of providing undue monetary gains to K-Electric during his tenure in its reference. In one of the references it has been alleged that Dr Asim had acquired land under welfare services but was using the same as a private hospital.
Meanwhile, well-informed sources in police department told Business Recorder that police in its inquiry report submitted in the case (197/15) confirmed that they did not find any evidence against him to pursue the case and added that this report may result in the release of Dr Asim. Sources said that Rangers had filed the case under certain sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), stating that he had facilitated terrorists by giving them medical treatment at his hospital on the request of politicians from Sindh’s two mainstream political parties.
However, police have found no evidence against Rangers’ charges. Sindh police have also transferred Dr Asim’s investigation from IO Zulfiqar to DSP Altaf Hussain. Sources further said that police did not find any evidence against Dr Asim and they were going to declare him innocent under 497CRPR. Sources said that police during investigation raided his hospital and took all patients records into custody but remained unsuccessful to find any concrete evidence against him.
They said that police would present its report in court on Friday (today) and release him officially from (197/15) and then the NAB would seek his custody in a court on the same day. Meanwhile SSP Investigation Central Araib Mehar said that police would present him in the court on Friday (today) where he would be officially released from (197/15) and then NAB may take his custody.
Source: Business Recorder