KARACHI: An accountability court has awarded seven-year imprisonment to five convicts in a case pertaining to corruption worth over Rs192 million in development funds of the Pakistan Post Office Cooperative Housing Society.
Kamran Nabi Ahmed, the then chairman of the society, Mohammad Jaffar Khan and Abdul Aleem Khan, both former honorary secretaries, along with private contractors Umer Abul Hassan and Jallat Khan were found guilty of misappropriating/embezzling the society’s funds meant for development works.
Accountability court-III judge Dr Sher Bano Karim pronounced her judgement reserved after recording evidence and final arguments from both sides.
The judge also imposed a collective fine of over Rs192m on the convicts. The convicts would undergo an additional imprisonment for two years in case of default.
The judge cancelled bail of convict Umer Abul Hassan and sent him along with others to prison to serve out the remaining portion of their sentences.
The court also declared them disqualified for a period of 10 years, after serving their sentences, for seeking or from being elected, chosen, appointment or nominated as a member or representative of any public body or any statutory or local authority or in service of Pakistan or of any province. Also, they shall not be allowed to apply for or be granted or allowed any financial facilities in the form of any loan or advances from any bank or financial institution in the public sector for a period of 10 years from the date of conviction.
The National Accountability Bureau filed a reference in 2016, claiming that being the then chairman of the society Kamran Nabi Ahmed misappropriated or embezzled Rs148,376,892 from the funds meant for the internal development works in different sectors of the society.
The prosecution said that he made false payments to four private contractors, including M/s Hani Enterprises, M/s Full Range Enterprises, M/s Planning and Development Enterprises and M/s Techno Construction without carrying out any work.
It further mentioned that the then honorary secretary Jaffar Khan during his tenure since Jan 2013 misappropriated /embezzled Rs108,433,632 by giving money to the private contractors in the name of internal development works and other heads.
The watchdog added that another former honorary secretary Abdul Aleem Khan also during his tenure from Aug 2007 to Jan 2013 committed corruption of Rs51,985,460 in the same fashion by making payments to the private contractor for the purpose of internal development works, etc.
The fourth accused Umer Abul Hassan, the then proprietor of Hani Enterprises and Techno Construction was involved in misappropriating or embezzling Rs105,142,822 with the connivance of the then chairman and honorary secretaries of the society in the shape of receiving payments in the name of bogus internal development works without doing any work.
The watchdog claimed that two private persons — Nafees Nabi and Jallat Khan — were beneficiaries of the scam and had misappropriated or embezzled Rs9,650,000 and Rs4,060,000, respectively.
The case against Nafees Nabi was discharged after the prosecution informed that he passed away during the trial.