Islamabad - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) yesterday rejected bail plea of Assistant Executive Director Polyclinic Dr Farrukh Iqbal for his alleged involvement in irregularities in purchase of oxygen and other medical gases.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi dismissed the bail petition of Dr Iqbal observing that prima facie there is no mala fide in registering a case against the accused.

Dr Farrukh and four other doctors are currently in the custody of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for their alleged involvement in irregularities in the purchase of oxygen and other medical gases in the hospital.

Deputy Attorney General Raja Khalid Mehmood opposed his bail and contended before the court that Dr Iqbal was a member of the purchase committee that purchased gas cylinders at much exorbitant rates causing a loss of Rs 32.1 million to the national exchequer.

It was September 1 when FIA had arrested five doctors and two contractors for their alleged involvement in this scam. The other doctors included Dr Iftikhar Naru, Dr Azmat Humayun Sumbal and two others.

The FIA had initiated its probe into this matter in June this year after the Supreme Court took a suo moto notice. The Supreme Court had directed FIA to investigate the matter and submit its report in this matter.

Meanwhile, the Islamabad High Court yesterday turned down an intra-court appeal of Markazi Asna Ashri Trust Imambargah requesting the court to allow a Shiite scholar Hafiz Tassadaq Hussain to enter the federal capital as his entry has been banned by the district administration along with 15 other clerics belonging to all the three main sects.

A division bench of IHC comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb conducted hearing of the petition praying the court to nullify a district administration notification dated September 26 for banning the entry of Ulema to the extent of Hafiz Tassadaq only. 

However, the IHC dual bench rejected their petition and directed the petitioners to approach district magistrate. The IHC bench also directed district administration to hear this matter on October 10 and decide.

It was September 26 when Islamabad administration issued a notification banning the entry of Hafiz Muhammad Saddique, Allama Tahir Ashraf, Muhammad Illyas Ghuman, Muhammad Muaviah Azam, Abdul Khaliq Rehmani, Dr Khadim Hussain Dhaloo, Aurangzeb Farooqi, Muhammad Yousaf Rizvi, Pir Irfan Al-Mashahdi, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, Asif Ashraf, Allama Ghazanfar Tunsavi, Allama Jaffar Jatoi, Zakir Syed Maqbool Hussain, Hafiz Tassadaq Hussain and Muhammad Iqbal. These clerics belong to Deobandi, Barelvi and Shia schools of thought.

Earlier, a single bench of IHC comprising Justice Noor-ul-Haq Qureshi on October 5 dismissed application of Markazi Asna Ashri Trust Imambargah seeking to set aside this notification. Justice Qureshi in his order has also directed the petitioner to make representation before the district administration.

On Friday, Justice Athar Minallah observed that the cleric whose entry was banned should himself have had approached this court instead of the petitioner. The petitioner’s counsel requested the court to treat this matter as a special case as the said cleric is invited to deliver sermons.

Then, the court replied that the district magistrate is responsible to maintain law and order in the city and he is the right man to review such orders.