KARACHI: Accountability court (AC) will indict former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain on April 7 in two corruption references.
The court heard the cases today and adjourned the hearing until April 7. As the hearing proceeded, the court resented jail authorities for not presenting the alleged corrupt ex-minister in the last hearing.
It should be mentioned here that acting Canadian High Commissioner was present in the court room. The accused briefly conversed with the High Commissioner after the hearing. Dr Asim s mother and brother were also present.
One of the references alleges Dr Asim of Rs 462 billion graft while another of Rs 13 billion corruption. He is accused of money-laundering, having hidden property, illegal allotments, land grabbing, misuse of authority, fraud and giving illegal contracts during his tenure in Sui Southern Gas Pipelines Limited (SSGPL).
In an exclusive talk with Dunya News after the hearing, Dr Asim replied to a question about his health saying that his condition would crumble if he is kept malnourished.
Dr Asim was apprehended in August 2015 by Pakistan Rangers from Higher Education Commission (HEC) office.
The alleged corrupt ex-minister is facing terrorism case in an anti-terrorism court (ATC) as well. He is accused of providing safe havens and medical treatment to target killers and terrorists in his hospital in Sindh metropolitan.
The accused has pleaded not guilty to both corruption and terror references.
On March 25, Sindh High Court (SHC) summoned reply from National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on April 26 on plea filed by Safdar Hussain who is nominated in corruption reference against former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain.
Earlier this month, the accountability bureau had approved bringing a fresh reference against Dr Asim for alleged graft of Rs 17 billion.
According to NAB, Dr Asim allegedly committed graft while conspiring with officers in granting contracts during his time as minister. NAB stated that Dr Asim’s wrongdoings caused loss of atleast Rs 17 billion to the national treasury.