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Accountability Court hears KPT corruption case against Babar Ghauri, others.

KARACHI -- National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday submitted a report in accountability court regard declaring former minister for ports and shipping Babar Ghauri a proclaimed offender.

The accountability court in Karachi heard a case regarding illegal recruitment and misuse of power in Karachi Port Trust (KPT).

Member of Provincial Assembly of Sindh Javed Hanif and other accused were present in the hearing.

The NAB prosecutor submitted a report with regard to the action on declaring the absconding former minister Babar Ghauri a proclaimed offender.

However, NAB prosecutor informed the court that it has completed procedure of displaying sketches against the accused under Section 87. The NAB is taking action under Section 88 to seize the property of the accused person.

The court was informed that the details of Ghauri's properties in Sindh have been received by the NAB and the particulars from Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) were not received so far.

NAB prosecutor stated that the bureau dispatched letters to chief secretaries of the three provinces again to provide the property details of Babar Ghauri.

He sought more time to present the complete report before the court after receiving the response. The judge accepted the plea of the accountability bureau and adjourned the hearing till October 28.

MPA Javed Hanif, former KPT chairman Rauf Akhtar and other accused persons are under custody in connection with the corruption reference, while, former minister Babar Khan Ghauri is absconding the case.

Ghauri and others facing charges of massive corruption of around Rs 2.8 billion in Karachi Port Trust (KPT), when he was federal minister for Ports and Shipping between 2008 and 2013.

According to the reference filed by the NAB, Javed Hanif in his capacity as the then KPT chairman misused his official authority and made illegal appointments of 940 employees in the KPT with the connivance of Babar Ghauri.

NAB claims that the appointments were made in violation of the KPT law, rules and regulations, which was resulted in loss to national exchequer to the tune of Rs 2.8 billion

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Publication:PPI - Pakistan Press International
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Date:Oct 17, 2019
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