Published On: Tue, Jan 14th, 2020
Published in Category: Corruption

Yousuf Raza Gilani skips indictment in corruption case

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ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and other accused on Monday skipped indictment in a case pertaining to the alleged illegal award of government advertisement contracts.

Accountability court judge Muhammad Azam Khan deferred indictment of the accused including former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and other accused over their non appearance before the court.

Meanwhile, former PIO Mirza Muhammad Saleem Baigh filed plea seeking his acquittal from the case under the NAB ordinance introduced by the government.

Opposing the plea, NAB’s prosecutor said the federal government has already taken back the NAB ordinance in the National Assembly. “The government has made an announcement too in this regard”.

The court ordering the NAB to present its clear stance on the NAB ordinance adjourned the hearing till January 30.

Ex-PM Yousaf Raza Gilani, former secretary of Information Technology Farooq Awan, former press information officer (PIO) Mohammad Saleem Baigh, former company secretary Universal Service Fund Syed Hasan Sheikh and other individuals were nominated in the corruption reference.

According to NAB, they allegedly misused their positions to illegally grant an advertising contract in contravention of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules, causing a loss of Rs129.07 million.