The IO submitted a progress report through special public prosecutor Shahbaz Sahotra stating that during the interrogation further evidence had come on record that both the suspects were involved in cheating public at large in connivance with officers/officials of the PAF.
He mentioned that the PAF had submitted an application to the federal anti-graft watchdog offering to help get the grievances of the victims of the scam redressed by the detained builders. The application is currently with the bureau’s prosecution department for its legal vetting, IO Abro mentioned in the report.
The report added that the suspects had unlawfully taken over/encroached upon around 180 acres of government land earmarked for the K-IV project meant to supply additional water to the metropolis.
The report also mentioned that around 36 more joint bank accounts of the suspects had been detected, which were required to trace the money trail. Therefore, the prosecutor requested the court to extend the physical remand of the held suspects in NAB custody.
The judge extended their remand till Feb 6 with the direction that they be produced before the court on the next date with the progress report.
In the last hearing, the IO stated in a progress report that during the investigation it had surfaced that the PAF started this project in the name of rehabilitation of war heroes and martyrs’ families, but the record showed that of the 8,400 planned housing units, only 30 units were allotted to the families of shuhada, which negated the very purpose of the housing scheme.
It added that during scrutiny of the record it emerged that the detained builders in active connivance with PAF officials collected Rs18,208,247,781 in various heads. The report stated that both the builders collected the huge amount from 5,732 individuals, adding that the figure did not include the PAF personnel who were lured into purchasing housing units within their own department.
In execution and launching of the scheme, the suspects blatantly flouted the relevant laws and carried out its advertisement, sale, development and booking without getting approval of its layout plan from the Malir Development Authority (MDA) and no-objection certificate from the Sindh Building Control Authority, it stated.