RAWALPINDI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Rawalpindi on Wednesday summoned Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah for questioning in connection with its investigation into a case pertaining to the multi-billion fake bank accounts scam and alleged embezzlement in a solar light project.
The bureau instructed him to turn up before its joint investigation team tomorrow (Thursday, June 4) at 11am. NAB said that it wants to record the CM’s statement in the case.
This is the third time CM Murad Ali Shah has been summoned by the anti-corruption watchdog for questioning. He has been accused of illegally awarding contracts for purchase and distribution of solar lights in Sindh.
A Rural Development Authority director-general turned approver in the case and told NAB that a contractor had given him Rs90 million bribe and Rs70 million of it was pocketed by PPP leader Sharjeel Memon.
The Roshan Sindh Programme case related to the installation of solar streetlights in different districts of the province. It is one of the 28 cases that fall under the fake accounts case.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah will appear before the National Accountability Bureau on Thursday in relation to the Sindh Roshan programme case, said officials of the anti-corruption watchdog.
NAB said that security arrangements for the chief minister’s visit have been made to ensure nothing untoward happens when he appears to attend the hearing.
The NAB officials had earlier shared that they have recovered Rs298 million in the Sindh Roshan Programme, adding that the company’s four employees and two companies had agreed on a plea bargain. They added that Abdul Sattar Qureshi, Abdul Rashid Chana, Aslam Pervaiz Memon and Baldev took a plea bargain.
The Sindh Roshan Programme case is one of the many ones pertaining to the fake accounts case. It is related to the installation of solar-powered streetlights in various districts of Sindh.
Earlier, on June 2, a NAB team along with a heavy contingent of police raided the residence of Shehbaz Sharif in Model Town. It remained outside his residence for more than an hour as the law enforcement personnel cordoned off roads leading to the house.
However, the team returned as Shehbaz Sharif was not present at home.
The NAB team carried out a raid at the residence of Shehbaz Sharif after he refused to appear before the accountability watchdog in the assets beyond means case. – NNI