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Alleged embezzlement: PHC issues notice to ICU’s accountant

By Bureau report
June 25, 2024
An aerial view of the Islamia College University (ICU). — APP/File
An aerial view of the Islamia College University (ICU). — APP/File

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Monday issued a notice to an accountant of the Islamia College University (ICU) who was recently acquitted of corruption charges by an anti-corruption court.

Justice Sahibzada Asadullah heard the case. The government had moved the court by filing an appeal against the verdict of the anti-corruption court, which had acquitted the accused accountant Tariq, who had allegedly embezzled funds amounting to Rs4.4 million collected

from students on account of fees.

Additional Advocate General Naumanul Haq Kakakhel appearing for the government told the court that the accused, who was serving as an accountant at the Islamia College University, had not deposited the amount in the treasury which prompted the university to order an inquiry against him.

He said that during the inquiry, the accused admitted to have embezzled the money and later returned Rs1 million. He said an anti-corruption court was also conducting the trial of the accused. He said another official of the university named Rahmat Shah had informed the anti-corruption court during the trial that the university did not have any objection to the acquittal of the accused.

The additional advocate general pointed out that Rahmat Shah was not authorized to appear before the court in connection with the case. He said that a case had been registered against the accused, requesting the court to set aside his acquittal. The court accepted the appeal and issued a notice to the accused.