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SECP boss Zafar Hijazi arrested over record-tampering

ISLAMABAD: Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Chairman Zafar Hijazi has been arrested after his bail application was dismissed by a local court in a record tampering case. After completing the hearing of record-tampering case, the sessions judge Tahir Mehmood of the special court had reserved the ruling and media personnel were asked to...

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 21, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jul 21, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
SECP boss Zafar Hijazi arrested over record-tampering

Zafar Hijazi Hearing Isb 17-07
ISLAMABAD: Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Chairman Zafar Hijazi has been arrested after his bail application was dismissed by a local court in a record tampering case.

After completing the hearing of record-tampering case, the sessions judge Tahir Mehmood of the special court had reserved the ruling and media personnel were asked to leave the courtroom.

Afterwards, the personnel of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested the SECP boss from the courtroom.

Zafar Hijazi’s counsel said his client never held a meeting nor did he pressure anyone and all allegations against him are baseless.

“Those who conducted the inquiry had no proofs, only oral evidence as not a single file has signature of his client,” the lawyer said.

Zafar Hijazi’s counsel said the two SECP officers –Maheed Fatima and Abid Hussain – tampered the record of their own accord without being coerced.

He said Maheen did not mention any pressure in her statement recorded on June 29 adding the date in the file of Chaudhry Sugar Mills was changed before the JIT was formed.

It is pertinent to note here that a criminal case was lodged against Zafar Hijazi at the behest of Supreme Court of Pakistan on the day when the JIT submitted its final report to the court.

In its July 10 hearing of Panama implementation case, the apex court found him involved in tampering with the SECP documents in order to mislead the court and ordered the FIA to investigate the charge against Zafar Hijazi.

SECP officer Maheen Fatima testified to  the FIA that she was coerced by SECP boss to malign the JIT interrogators.

She said the SECP boss pressured her to give statement against the JIT members, adding, “I was pressurized by the SECP human resource manager as well.”   –Samaa

 

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