Mandviwala seeks permanent exemption from court appearance

ISLAMABAD – Former deputy chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwala on Wednesday sought permanent exemption from appearance before accountability court in Kidney Hills Reference. He also submitted an application to stop framing charges against him.    

The corruption reference was filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against illegal allotment of government land for plots in the Overseas Cooperative Housing Society, Kidney Hills Karachi.  

Mandviwala appeared before the judge accountability court Muhammad Bashir along with other accused in the case including former managing director Pakistan International Airlines Ijaz Haroon.  

He filed two separate applications to get permanent exemption from appearance before the court and to stop framing charges in the reference against him. Charges in the case could not be framed as Saleem Mandviwala and other accused had filed applications against it and requested to stop proceeding till a final decision on their aforementioned applications.  

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutors requested the court that they would respond upon the applications on the next date of hearing. The court was adjourned to meet again on 28th of April.  

The NAB, in its reference, alleged that the accused sold government plots to Abdul Ghani Majeed, son of Omni Group chief Anwar Majeed. According to NAB, Senate ex-deputy chairman Saleem Mandviwalla had purchased fake shares in the name of his front-man by selling the plots. The NAB had also submitted a report to the court, which stated that former PIA managing director Aijaz Haroon had also played a key role in selling illegal plots to Abdul Ghani Majeed.  

Meanwhile, talking to the media outside the court premises, Saleem Mandviwalla criticised the NAB and said it could not produce any evidence against him from the last two years and was still talking more time from the courts.   

“Instead of finding corruption, NAB is going behind the business community and asking them for plea bargains,” he said. “Political leadership should sit together in Parliament and think about the role of NAB.”  

Replying to a question regarding Pakistan Democratic Movement, he said that giving show-cause notices to Pakistan People’s Party leadership was an unwise decision and it should be rectified.

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