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Court hears case of NAB officer bribed with air conditioners

April 19, 2019
Court hears case of NAB officer bribed with air conditioners

The Sindh High Court wants to know what NAB wants to do with its officer who took air conditioners as a bribe while investigating a case in 2012.

Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M Sheikh and Justice Omar Sial heard the case on Friday.

Kamran Ali has been accused of receiving two air conditioners, estimated to cost Rs125,000 and Rs150,000, while conducting an investigation into the embezzlement of funds in the Chachro town municipal administration. He was allegedly bribed by government officer Mehboob Ali Zardari.

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NAB took him to an accountability court for his remand but the court ruled that it was a “petty issue” and released the suspect because of lack of evidence. Following the verdict, NAB conducted an internal inquiry and the officer was found guilty, demoted and transferred to Sukkur. The verdict has now been challenged in the high court.

“Was it ever proven that the accused officer accepted the bribe?” asked the chief justice.

The prosecutor said that the two air conditioners, which Ali allegedly took as a bribe, were found installed at his government residence.

The defence lawyer said that the officer is still working for NAB.

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“The inquiry has been ongoing for two years,” said Justice Sheikh. “What has been the progress in the case?”

When the defence lawyer asked the judge if he can present his arguments, he said: “You are going to defend an angel. I know that.”

The court told NAB to file its comments in the case by May 10.

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