Sanaullah ‘escapes’ arrest in corruption case

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A Rawalpindi court on Saturday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah in a corruption case.

The order was passed by the court of Senior Civil Judge Ghulam Akbar. It states that Sanaullah was nominated in a First Information Report (FIR) and his arrest was “necessary in the case”. “Records reflect that contention of the investigating officer is genuine, hence, the same is accepted in the interest of justice and non-bailable arrest warrants … [are] issued accordingly,” the order stated. The development was also confirmed by the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) of Punjab.

“The warrants have been issued because Sanaullah failed to appear in the anti-corruption inquiry despite being summoned several times,” a spokesperson of the department said.

Elaborating on the charges against Sanaullah, the spokesperson said that the minister has been accused of purchasing two farmhouses in Bismillah Housing Scheme in Kallar Kahar at a price lower than the scheduled rate. “Both the plots were given to Sanaullah’s wife as a bribe.”

“Akhlaq Ahmed, the owner of the society, has also been booked for bribing Sanaullah with a plot to get his society registered,” he said, adding that the opening ceremony of the project was attended by both the minister – who was in charge of the Law Ministry back then – and his wife.

Officers at the Koshar Police Station of Islamabad refused to arrest Sanaullah, saying his residence was out of their jurisdiction. Meanwhile, in a tweet, the Islamabad police said if a team arrived at the Kohsar Police Station, case documents would be taken from it. The Anti-Corruption Establishment team will be requested to provide records for compliance so that legal action can be taken, it added.

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