Karachi (October 10, 2018): Law enforcement agencies on Tuesday night raided an office of a sugar mill in Karachi. The mill reportedly belongs to Omni Group chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari’s close aide Anwar Majeed.
LEAs conducted the raid in connection with money laundering case, said the sources. No one was taken into custody during the raid, the sources added.
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Muhammad Jamshed, a lawyer representing Omni Group in a money laundering case, said, “There has been a raid on the offices of Omni Group near Hockey Stadium [in Karachi].”
He also claimed that the raiding party had cordoned off the area at the time of the alleged raid. The lawyer said that the men did not present any search warrant and forced the guards to leave the premises. “The CCTV cameras installed inside the office premises have also been disconnected,” Jamshed claimed.
The lawyer alleged that the raid was carried out by officials of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA ), claiming that it might be an attempt “to plant incriminating evidence, albeit illegally.”Jamshed was of the view that “since the JIT has found that no offence has been committed by the Omni Group or their sponsors, therefore, the officials are acting in desperation and conducting a raid in the middle of the night”.
Earlier on October 08, Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed, who is accused in a multi-billion rupee money laundering case had filed a petition seeking B-class facilities in jail.
According to the details, a banking court in the port city sought a reply from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) after Omni Group’s Anwar Majeed – under investigation in the fake bank accounts case – prayed upon the court for an upgrade in prison facilities.
The Omni group’s owner is currently in judicial remand as FIA investigates his alleged role in money laundering of Rs35 billion through fake bank accounts.In the petition, the accused maintained that he was an educated person hence deserved the right to B-class jail. The court sought recommendations from the FIA on the plea and directed it to submit a reply.
A banking court which is hearing the money laundering case issued a notice to the Federal Investigation Authority prosecutor upon receiving the request.
It is pertinent to note that the banking court previously sustained a petition filed by Hussain Lawai, another accused in the fake accounts case, seeking an upgrade to B-class jail while a reply from the FIA is awaited on Abdul Ghani Majeed’s application.Management of Anwar Majeed’s sugar mill booked for possessing illegal weapons.
The FIA is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from fictitious accounts, including Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July in connection with the probe.
The former president’s other close aide and Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed and his son, Abdul Ghani, were also arrested by the FIA in August.
Over 20 ‘benami’ accounts at some private banks were opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 from where transactions worth billions of rupees were made, according to sources.The amount, according to FIA sources, is said to be black money gathered from various kickbacks, commissions and bribes.
The case was initially registered in 2015 against former Pakistan Stock Exchange chairman Lawai.
In August, Lawai and banker Taha Raza were detained and booked for allegedly facilitating the opening of 29 ‘fake’ accounts through which suspicious transactions were made to different companies, including M/s Zardari Group.