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- Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - From Print Edition




The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials on Tuesday assured the court of Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui that it would also include an investigation officer of the FIA, Shaukat Nawaz, in the investigation of matter in which a magistrate of Islamabad, Farrukh Nadeem, was admitted to the Federal Government Polyclinic instead of sending him to Adiala Jail.


It was on October 2 when the Islamabad High Court (IHC) bench directed FIA Director Captain (r) Zafar Iqbal to initiate inquiry proceedings against those who were involved in facilitating bribery accused suspended Islamabad (Saddar) magistrate Farrukh Nadeem in his shifting to the hospital instead of Adiala jail.


On Monday, the FIA submitted a four-page report before the court in which it said that it has arrested the doctor who admitted Farrukh Nadeem and a receptionist who was on duty at that time.


Justice Siddiqui expressed his annoyance and inquired that why the FIA did not arrest the investigation officer of the case. The FIA officials then assured to the court that the investigation officer would also be included in investigation.


Previously, the IHC judge had directed the FIA director to register criminal cases against those who were involved in shifting of the accused magistrate to the Federal Government Polyclinic instead of jail.


In the matter, the petitioner had alleged that the accused was facilitated by F G Polyclinic Executive Director Dr Zahid Hussain as he has been an old friend of him.


On September 20, the FIA had arrested magistrate Farrukh Nadeem after Justice Siddiqui of the IHC rejected his pre-arrest bail application.


It was on September 16 when Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Islamabad Amir Ali Ahmad making an appearance before the court had suspended the magistrate who allegedly obtained 1.5 million rupees bribe from Asif Javed for fake transfer of five-kanal land in Mora Noor village near Banigala.