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- Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - From Print Edition




Deputy Commissioner (Islamabad) Amir Ali Ahmad here Monday put a serving magistrate of Islamabad Farrukh Nadeem under suspension after an IHC bench directed the DC Islamabad to ensure fair trial of the accused who allegedly obtained Rs1.5 million bribe from a person, Asif Javed, for fake transfer of five kanal land in Mohra Noor village.


DC Islamabad suspended the magistrate citing a chance of fair trail to be provided to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) so that the accused could not influence the investigation due to his official position.


A deputy attorney general Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri told the court that the accused Farrukh Nadeem who is nominated accused in the FIR registered with FIA has obtained a transitory bail from the Lahore High Court (LHC) at its principle seat. The court of Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui expressed resentment over an additional director of FIA Hazrat Ali who is also acting director that the FIA provided latitude to the accused and facilitated him in his escape to Lahore from where he got transitory bail so that he may avoid the consequences of the arrest. Had there been a Naib Qasid he may be languishing in Adiala Jail, Justice Siddiqui observed. Since Farrukh Nadeem was on duty then how come he went to Lahore without any intimation, the IHC bench further observed. It is a shame that the sitting magistrate obtained Rs1.5 million bribe and has been functioning since the last six months, the court further said.


DC Islamabad then told the court that the FIA distorted the facts that they went to DC Office for procuring arrest of the magistrate Farrukh Nadeem. He said that the FIA officials never came to him with this request and they even met him just today outside the courtroom. Before, they requested for the arrest of one ‘patwari’ Aseem and we immediately suspended him, DC said. Last hearing the same IHC bench had dismissed the bail application of the person, Asif Javed, who allegedly paid Rs1.5 million bribes to Farrukh Nadeem for repossession of a five kanal piece of land that he had sold to one Willayat Khan Abbasi in 1991.


Complainant in this case Willayat Khan Abbasi and his nephew Mazloom Abbasi told this correspondent that they were in possession of the land when the three respondents Asif Javed, Farrukh Nadeem and Patwari Aseem tempered with the record and got land to their names. They tempered with ‘Parat Patwar’ while they could not temper with ‘Parat Sarkar’, the complainants also said.


The case has been pending investigation with the FIA. The serving magistrate Farrukh Nadeem allegedly obtained Rs1.5 million bribe from Asif Javed and helped regain the land on fake documents that Asif Javed had already sold. The complainant Willayat Khan Abbasi then registered FIR with the FIA anti crime circle on April 26, 2013.


In the last two hearing IHC bench expressed extreme annoyance over the poor investigation process of FIA and its failure in arresting the magistrate. IHC bench had directed DG FIA to fix responsibility for negligence in this case. FIA additional director told the court that they have charge sheeted the FIA investigation officers who had been investigating this matter and departmental proceedings or on its way.


The court here Monday observed that it has expectations with the FIA but apparently it seems that the FIA is also functioning like National accountability Bureau (NAB).