CJP suggests arresting Anwar Majeed’s son Nimr in money laundering case

CJP suggests arresting Anwar Majeed’s son Nimr in money laundering case

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday hinted at having arrested Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed’s son Nimr again.

A three-member bench, headed by CJP Nisar, heard the case against various Omni Group officials, including Anwar Majeed and his son Abdul Ghani Majeed. Anwar, a close aide to former president Asif Ali Zardari, and his son were arrested and booked by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in August in the case pertaining to alleged money laundering of Rs4.14 billion through 29 ‘fake’ bank accounts.

As the hearing went underway, additional Attorney General Nayyar Rizvi informed the court that the joint investigation team (JIT) tasked to probe the alleged money laundering had submitted a progress report on Omni Group’s bank accounts.

The director general of the Federal Investigation Agency told the court that the JIT was continuing its probe into the matter.

Expressing his satisfaction over the JIT’s progress, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar remarked that he realised the JIT’s task was not easy but at the same time, the court could not adjourn the case hearing for an indefinite time.

The head of the JIT asked the court for a month to submit its final report in the investigation.

In his remarks, the chief justice observed that the securities loaned out to different banks were no longer present in the banks. At the same time, he hinted that Nimr Majeed, the son of Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed, be arrested and included in the investigation.

“Take Nimr [Majeed] into custody, and transfer Anwar Majeed to Adiala Jail, he [Anwar Majeed] is dictating all of Sindh via his phone,” Justice Nisar suggested.

Nimr Majeed was arrested by the FIA last month, but was released a day later on the court’s orders.