Karachi (Staff Report): Former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur on Saturday challenged banking court's decision to transfer money laundering case to Rawalpindi in the Sindh High Court (SHC).
Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur also appeared in the court. The counsels for the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders filed the petition in the SHC challenging the decision of the banking court.
The former president and his sister in their petition, upheld that the decision of the banking court to transfer the case is "illegal" and requested that it be declared null and void.
On Friday, a banking court banking court accepted the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) request, seeking transfer of the fake bank accounts case to the accountability court of Rawalpindi for trial.
Following the order, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) summoned Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on March 20.
This is pertinent to mention that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) is investigating 32 people, including Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur in connection with money laundering through fake accounts.
Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July in connection with the probe.
Former president's other close aide and Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed and his son Abdul Ghani were also arrested by FIA in this connection.
Over 20 ‘benami’ accounts were opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 in some banks from where transactions worth billions of rupees were made, according to sources.
According to FIA sources, the amount is said to be black money gathered from various kickbacks, commissions and bribes.