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Omni Groups challenges banking court order over money laundering case

Omni Groups challenges banking court order over money laundering case

KARACHI: Omni Group Chairman Khawaja Anwar Majeed and his son Khawaja Abdul Ghani Majeed challenged banking court’ order in which banking court had approved application of chairman NAB and transferred the mega money laundering case from banking court to Islamabad NAB court.

On March 18, 2019, on Khawaja Zurqunan Majeed and Ali Kamal Majeed approached the Sindh High Court (SHC) and filed criminal review petitions on behalf of the above-mentioned applicants.

It needs to be mentioned here that on Saturday, co-chairman of Pakistan People’s Party & former president Asif Ali and his sister Faryal Talpur had moved the SHC and challenged the same.

On the other hand, Sindh High Court office fixed all four criminal review petitions for today before a two-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh.

In criminal review petitions, Barrister Jamshad Malik, counsel for Omni Groups stated that on Feb 13, 2019 the chairman NAB filed an application under Section 16A of the NAO, 1999 before the banking court for transfer of FIR bearing no 04 of 2018, inter-alia, stating that the supreme court in its order dated Jan 07, 2019 has issued directions for the transfer of this instant FIR bearing no 04 of 2018.

Counsel further argued that the applicants filed objections/reply against an application filed by the chairman NAB for the transfer of this court stating therein that the application filed by the chairman NAB for transfer of this case is based on mis-reading and non-reading of supreme court judgment dated Jan 07, 2019 passed in HRC No 3912-G and that no order for the transfer of the instant FIR no 04 of 2018 has been passed by the supreme court of Pakistan.

Citing chairman NAB, banking court and federation as respondents, counsel pleaded the court that court may declare that impugned judgement is unlawful, illegal and without jurisdiction and set-aside the impugned order.

Applicants also pleaded the court that court may suspend/stay the operation of that order and call for record and proceedings of this FIR from the banking court.