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December 29, 2020

What to talk about embezzlement of Rs70m: Even Rs7 bn vanished from govt accounts, says Supreme Court

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December 29, 2020

KARACHI: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday turned down the plea of a senior accountant at the Education Department against his dismissal from service over corruption charges, reported a private news channel.

An apex court bench, headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, heard the case at the Karachi registry. During the hearing, the chief justice asked a lawyer representing the appellant: “Do you think we don’t know what happens in government accounts? This is an embezzlement of Rs70 million but even Rs7 billion are embezzled,” he remarked. “You say this is a human error but Rs70 million got embezzled,” the country’s top judge observed.

Irfan Sheikh, who was posted in Thatta district, challenged his dismissal over involvement in embezzlement of over Rs70 million. The counsel said his client was a senior accountant at the Thatta Education Department. The ID that was used to transfer the funds in question was in everyone’s use, he said, adding an inquiry conducted into the matter didn’t take into account the key facts.