Islamabad (October 27, 2017): A special court of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Friday indicted former Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) chairman Zafar Hijazi in record tempering case.
Special Judge Central Irum Niazi heard the Sharif family’s Chaudhry Sugar Mills’ record tempering case against the former SECP boss.
At the outset of the hearing, the judge read out the charge-sheet to Hijazi. As per the charge-sheet, Hijazi allegedly pressured his subordinates to change dates on documents related to the Chaudhry Sugar Mills. Hijazi pleaded not guilty and opted to contest the charges. On this, the judge directed the prosecution to produce it witnesses on next date of hearing for recording statement.
The court then adjourned further hearing of the case.
Hijazi was taken into FIA custody earlier this year after a report released by the Panama Papers case joint investigation team (JIT), probing ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family’s wealth, alleged that the former SECP chairman had altered records related to Chaudhry Sugar Mills.A case was registered against Hijazi on the orders of the Supreme Court after the three-member Panama Papers case implementation bench acted on the JIT report.
The first information report against the former SECP chairman was registered under Sections 466 (forgery) and 471 (using forged documents as genuine) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), read with Section 5(2)(47) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, at FIA’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU) in Islamabad.