Ten of 41 accounts of Omni Group not frozen yet, FIA informs SC

Ten of 41 accounts of Omni Group not frozen yet, FIA informs SC

Islamabad (Staff Report): The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Friday told the Supreme Court that the Omni Group allegedly withdrew funds from bank accounts that were supposed to have been frozen under court orders.

The FIA submitted a report in the apex court today that, despite its orders, 10 of the 41 accounts were not frozen right away, due to which millions of rupees worth of transactions were conducted from those accounts.

Earlier, the Supreme Court, on investigation agency's request, had ordered the freezing of 41 bank accounts operated by six companies owned by the Omni Group, whose chairman, Anwar Majeed — along with former president Asif Ali Zardari and others — is being investigated over allegations of money laundering.

The FIA arrested had Majeed and his sons outside supreme court premises in Islamabad where a three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Umar Ata Bandial, was hearing a suo motu case pertaining to alleged money laundering of Rs35 billion through fake accounts.

Last week, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted two weeks’ protective bail to former president Asif Ali Zardari in fake account case.

IHC judge Justice Miangul Hasan Aurangzeb heard the PPP co-chairman plea, seeking protective bail in a Rs4.14 billion money laundering case.