Court rejects bail pleas of six accused

RAWALPINDI – Headmaster of a government-run school and five officials of district accounts office allegedly involved in corruption worth Rs5.5 million were arrested after an anti-corruption court rejected their bail pleas on Saturday.

The Special Judge Anti-Corruption Court Pervaiz Ismail Joya refused to grant bails to the six accused booked for their alleged involvement in a case of passing bogus salary bills worth Rs5.5 million of 48 ghost educators in the Education Department. Soon after the court verdict, the investigators of Anti-Corruption Department, Rawalpindi arrested the accused from the court premises.

Those who were apprehended by the investigators included Deputy District Accounts Officers, Rawalpindi, Abdul Shakoor, Farooq Ahmed, senior auditors Raees Azam and Afzal, Junior Auditor Muhammad Irshad and Headmaster Government High School Khayaban-e-Sir Syed, Rawalpindi.

On complaint of the EDO (Education) Qazi Zahoor Ahmed that the accused had earlier recruited 48 ghosts educators in the Education Department and later passed their salaries worth Rs5.5 million inflicting heavy loss on national kitty.

The Police Station Civil Lines had registered a case against the accused. Later, investigation of case was transferred to ACE Rawalpindi investigators. The accused had filed their bail petitions with court through their lawyer Syed Ali Bukhari.

According to details, Special Judge Anti-Corruption Pervaiz Ismail Joya took up the case.

Syed Ali Bukhari appeared before the court on behalf of the accused and argued that his clients were innocent because the investigators had not interrogated the case on merit.

He said that his clients had nothing to do with the crime, therefore, the court should grant bails to the accused. The ACE District Public Prosecutor Khawaja Suhail told the court that it was proved during the investigation held by ACE Circle Officer Amjad Shehzad that the headmaster of the school had recruited 48 ghost educator.

He added that later the headmaster presented bogus salary bills of the 48 ghost educators before the officers of the DAO who passed the bills without verification.

He requested the court to cancel the bail pleas of the accused. After completion of arguments, the Special Judge Anti-Corruption Pervaiz Ismail Joya dismissed the bail applications of the accused while the ACE Rawalpindi investigators held them outside the court and shifted them to police station for further investigation.

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