Karachi (Staff Report): The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Saturday arrested Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed's son Nimar near Supreme Court Karachi Registry.
The apex court resumed the hearing of the case regarding mega money laundering and fake bank accounts at Karachi Registry.
The request of Anwar Majeed for B-class facility in prison was rejected by the court and records of Omni Group was summoned from the FIA.
CJP Mian Saqib Nisar in his remarks questioned how someone who stole the public’s money could be granted B or C facility in prison.
During the hearing, the court was told that Rs11 billion worth of sugar had ‘disappeared’ from the sugar mills owned by Omni Group, at which the chief justice expressed annoyance and questioned how the FIA or the police could allow that to happen.
DG FIA informed the court that nine sugar mills are being operated under Omni Group, and there are nine cases against the Group relating to the disappearance of sugar.
The chief justice asked why these mills were not guarded. Upon being told that Anwar Majeed could be involved in the disappearance of sugar, the top judge asked the FIA to interrogate the chairman in prison.
The CJP then summoned Omni Group’s chief executive and other officials, and vowed to look after the case himself.
During the hearing, the chief justice also expressed reservation at the use of mobile phones by Omni Group personnel in prison.
All those using phones in prison could be instructing others to do their work, their phones should be taken away, CJP Nisar ordered.
The court also summoned the Group’s records from FIA on October 30, and adjourned the hearing upon the lawyer’s request.
Meanwhile, the FIA arrested Anwar Majeed’s other son Nimar Majeed outside the Karachi Registry’s premises .
According to FIA officials, Nimar Majeed is wanted in 11 FIRs and is accused of hiding away Rs11 billion worth of sugar taken under guarantee.
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 from 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 earlier this month whereas Majeed’s three other sons were granted interim bail.
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.