Pre-Arrest bail in a FIA Enquiry has been granted to our Client by Anti-Corruption Special Judge Karachi

By July 30, 2021 September 28th, 2023 No Comments
  • By way of background, a FIR was lodged on 27.07.2021 by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Corporate Crime Circle at Karachi on the Complaint filed by the Trading Corporation of Pakistan in relation to an enquiry No. 16/2018.
  • During the course of Inquiry by the FIA, it has been recorded that a quantity of (123,913) Matric Ton (MT) imported Urea was stored at TCP’s Landhi go down during the period September 2008 till December 2009, thereafter a Committee was formed to reconcile the stock at TCP’s Landhi godown. The report submitted by the Committee on 06.03.2010 reflected a shortage of 11,416 bags of Urea from TCP’s Landhi go down, and the worth of the said Urea was estimated to be of Rs.15,411,600/-.
  • During the FIA inquiry, it has been alleged that the accused in the FIR namely; Accused Bashir Ahmed (Ex GM Dispatch Operation Division, TCP), Accused Munawar Akhtar Islam (Ex Director Commercial-II, TCP), and Accused Muhammad Sadiq (Ex Manager Dispatch Operation Division, TCP), in connivance with the owners of the transport carriage companies, were jointly found responsible, for the loss caused to TCP and the Government of Pakistan’s exchequer, and as such had misused their official position by conducting a criminal act of awarding the quota to transporters without following the internal procedure and in violation of Public Procurement Rules, 2004, and as such it has been alleged that these accused had illegally assigned the work of shifting Urea from the port to TCP’s Landhi go down to selected transporters, against the rates approved for transportation of Wheat Operation in 2007-2008.
  • Moreover, Accused Bashir Ahmed and accused Muhammad Sadiq, being in charge of TCP’s Dispatch Operation Division, fraudulently processed and passed the bills of transporters without proper scrutiny and deduction of the shortage claim amount from transporters against the torn/damaged bags delivered by these transporters at TCP’s Landhi go down.
  • Accused Muhammad Sadiq for illegal personal gain had, without following the transparent procedure, illegally awarded the transport quota to twelve (12) contractors (mentioned herein below) for the transportation of 123,920.500 MT imported Urea from port to TCP’s Landhi go down, which benefitted the transporters and caused the Government of Pakistan’s exchequer and TCP a loss. It has also been alleged that the In charge of TCP’s Landhi go down reported regarding the torn bags, but the accused Muhammad Sadiq and accused Muhammad Bashir illegally approved the bills of the transporters amounting to Rs.54,463,244/- without deduction of damages/short cargo/torn bags, which caused a huge loss to the Government’s exchequer.
  • It has then been alleged that officials of TCP deliberately obeyed the illegal directions of accused Munawar Akhtar Islam for unloading the urea bags at TCP’s Landhi go down without weightage and approval from the competent authority.
  • Nonetheless, one of the accused engaged Barrister Junaid Ahmed and his team and on 30.07.2021, the Special Court Anti-Corruption Judge granted the ad-interim bail to our Client against the surety of PKR. 0.2 Million.