LAHORE– An Accountability Court on Saturday sent notorious conman Sibt-ul-Hassan alias ‘Double Shah’ to jail for 14 years allegedly involved in making Rs441.347 million by cheating public at large.
The court has also ordered authorities to confiscate his property and imposed fine of more than Rs3 billion which the convict has to pay.
Convict Double Shah confessed his offence before the Judge after a long and emotional speech.
Shah told the court that there were about 4400 witnesses against him but no one had been produced before the court. “It means that his case can not be decided even in next two decades. No doubt he took money from public but not cheated any one,” he spoke.
Shah further told: “I established the business of masses and returned their money back who had given him on his package of double of their money and he also had returned more than Rs2 billion to National Accountability Bureau (NAB).”
“I want to confess my all crimes because it seems that NAB wants to linger on my case,” Shah told.
The court fixed Jan 14 for fate of other accused Munawar Hussain Gilani, Syed Farhat Hassan, Chan Pir and Shoukat Ali, involved in Double Shah scam.
NAB Punjab investigated against Syed Sibtul Hassan Gilani and others on the charges of cheating public at large in 2007.

Published in The Nation newspaper on 08-Jan-2012