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SHC issues notices to NAB on bail filed by ex-chairman KPT Javed Hanif

SHC issues notices to NAB on bail filed by ex-chairman KPT Javed Hanif

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) issued notices to the NAB officials and deputy attorney general on a bail petition filed by suspect namely Muhammad Javed Hanif, former Chairman Karachi Port Trust (KPT), who was involved in a case of charges of corruption, corrupt practices and abuse of authority for illegally appointing 940 employees in KPT.

On Monday, a two-member bench, headed by Justice Khalid Hussain Rizvi heard the matter, during the hearing, Rashid A Rizvi advocate argued on behalf of the above mentioned suspect.

It needs to be mentioned here that Muhammad Javed Hanif, former chairman Karachi Port Trust (KPT) is confined in Central Jail Karachi on judicial remand.

According to the NAB officials, Javed Hanif is involved in charges of corruption, corrupt practices and abuse of authority for illegally appointing 940 employees in KPT in connivance with [the MQM’s] Babar Ghauri, the then minister for ports and shipping.

He further argued that the appointments were made in violation of KPT law, rules and regulations “without advertisement of vacancies, competitive process, age criteria, medical examination of appointees and in violation of basic formalities”.

A large number of those appointed had a criminal record in serious cases such as “terrorism, premeditated murder and robbery” and that the illegal appointments resulted in losses to the national exchequer to the tune of Rs2.8 billion, NAB said.