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Sugar rip-off inquiry: Why was Dr Rizwan eliminated as the pinnacle of the JIT?

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  • FIA officer Dr Mohammad Rizwan has been eliminated as head of the JIT probing the sugar rip-off.
  • The FIA officer reportedly sought permission to summon a federal minister.
  • He additionally needed to arrest Jahangir Tareen for his alleged position within the sugar rip-off.

LAHORE: The top of the Joint Investigation Staff probing the sugar rip-off was eliminated for taking motion in opposition to a sugar mill owned by the household of Federal Minister for Industries, Khurso Bukhtiyar, and in search of arrest orders for estranged PTI chief Jahangir Khan Tareen, sources informed Geo Information.

In accordance with particulars, Director FIA Lahore Dr Mohammad Rizwan, who was heading the JIT probing the sugar rip-off, was sacked after he sought approval to summon the federal minister for proudly owning shares price Rs130 million within the Two Star Sugar Mills.

The TV reported that the FIA officer had additionally sought permission to arrest disgruntled PTI chief Jahangir Tareen. After he refused to budge, Rizwan was requested to cease performing his duties because the fee’s head. 

It isn’t clear whether or not he has been sacked from the FIA as properly or not.

Sources stated the investigation group was additionally anticipated to file instances in opposition to 5 extra sugar mills homeowners for his or her alleged position within the scandal.

It’s pertinent to say that presently 5 FIRs have been filed within the sugar rip-off – three in opposition to the Tareen household and one in opposition to the household of PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif.

They added that the sugar inquiry has now been handed over to Further DG FIA Abu Bakar Khuda Baksh, who will lead the group and begin the investigation from scratch.

‘Controversial inquiry team’

Earlier this month, Jahangir Tareen had referred to as for a “fair team” to research his case, as he believed the officers investigating him had been “controversial”.

“[Hold an] inquiry but make a transparent team that is not controversial. The team that is [currently] investigating is not fair,” Jahangir Tareen had informed the media after making appearances earlier than periods and banking courts for an extension in his bail.

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The PTI stalwart had additional demanded that the group investigating him, shouldn’t be such that it “works on a phone call” and referred to as for a brand new group to research him.

He had claimed that the FIR in opposition to him was “made in Islamabad and signed in Lahore”, after which it was sent to the provincial capital “in a USB”.

Instances in opposition to Jahangir Tareen, son

Jahangir Tareen has been charged with fraud and cash laundering.

A Federal Investigation Company (FIA) Lahore investigation group registered a case of alleged fraud of Rs3.14 billion on March 22 in opposition to them.

The FIR states that Jahangir Tareen allegedly transferred unlawful shares price billions of rupees to Farooqi Pulp Mills Restricted (FPML), which is owned by his son and shut kin.

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It says the transfers, particularly after 2011-12, had been “patently fraudulent investments which ultimately translated into personal gains” for Tareen’s household. Some Rs3 billion had been allegedly invested and laundered via the identical manufacturing unit, based on the FIR.

The FIR outlines when and the way FPML was made again in 1991.

It contains sections 406, 420 and 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code with Part 3/4 of Anti-Cash Laundering Act, 2010, and lists Rana M Shawaz because the investigation officer.

Sugar disaster of 2020 and its investigation report

Final yr, PM Imran Khan had tasked the FIA to research the sugar disaster all through the nation and discover out who benefited from it.

A report by the FIA launched final yr had claimed that prime PTI members had been amongst those that gained from the latest sugar disaster within the nation.

Learn concerning the hike in sugar costs in Pakistan

Among the many individuals named within the FIA report had been Jahangir Tareen and a brother of the then Minister for Nationwide Meals Safety Khusro Bakhtiar.

Tareen was stated by the report back to have benefited essentially the most from the sugar disaster adopted by Bakhtiar’s brother.

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