Court indicts Mandviwalla, others in Kidney Hill reference
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An accountability court in Islamabad indicted PPP leader and former Senate deputy chairman Saleem Mandviwalla, Aijaz Haroon and Abdul Ghani Majeed in Kidney Hills reference, reported 24News HD TV channel on Wednesday.
The accused appeared before Accountability Judge Muhammad Bashir where they were given a copy of the charge sheet.
However, they pleaded innocence and decided to contest the allegations, following which the court summoned two witnesses of the National Accountability Bureau, Nisar Magsi and Sheikh Jamal, to record their statement on the next hearing on July 13.
According to the dirty money watchdog, Mandviwala purchased 3.1 million shares of Mangla View Resort in the name of his staffer Tariq Mehmood. It said Rs30 million were paid for the purchase of these shares from the fake accounts of A-One International.
Mandviwalla has denied the allegations, claiming the case is “unfair and prejudicial.” He said they would summon the NAB chairman in the parliament as well as in the courts to ask him about the fake references.
Mandviwala spewed his anger against the NAB chairman, asking government bodies to stop intimidating the business people. He suggested to Prime Minister Imran Khan to appoint NAB chairman as the country’s finance minister. He said the NAB chief sat on the TV and delivered hours-long lectures. ‘The practice of harassing business people should come to an end,’ he added.
The former deputy chairman senate lamented that after making rounds of the accountability court, again and again, he was eventually indicted.
Mandviwala said he wanted to summon the NAB boss as a witness in this reference. He vowed to bring Justice ® Iqbal in the same court.