Former principal secretary of ex-chief minister of Punjab, Muhammad Khan Bhatti has made startling revelations in his statement confessing that he used to settle money affairs with Moonis Elahi at his house.
On March 2, the police arrested former chief minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi’s right hand man Bhatti from Quetta while he was fleeing to Iran. Director General Anti-Corruption Punjab Sohail Zafar Chattha formed a four-member team to bring him back to Punjab. Now, Bhatti is in the custody of ACE Rahim Yar Khan.
During his grilling, when the investigators asked Bhatti where did he use to cut money deals? On this, the former CM principal secretary said that he used to receive cash money inside or outside the house. He said that XEN Rana Iqbal used to be with him in every task. “I used to settle affairs with Moonis Elahi at his house. I bought sugar worth Rs250 million with the help of the sugar mill in Ghotki,” he added.
The investigators asked him whether he made investment somewhere else. Bhatti replied that he invested Rs100 million in Rahim Yar Khan Sugar Mills through Moonis. He confessed that he did “business” worth millions of rupees in cash with Moonis. Bhatti revealed that he spent Rs100 million in the purchase and sale of automobiles.
When asked how more than 400 employees were recruited in the Punjab Assembly, he replied that Inayat Ullah Luk held interviews and he was the authority to hire them.
Meanwhile, the Anti-Corruption Establishment has found that Bhatti owns property worth millions of rupees. He is owner of a poultry farm in Lahore and a control shed. He also owns a house measuring one kanal in Sukh Chain and another 7-marla house in Johar Town, Lahore.
When the ACE sleuths asked him how much money he had in his bank accounts, he said he had Rs40 million in his bank.
A case was registered against Muhammad Khan Bhatti in Anti-Corruption Establishment for making corruption of Rs800 million. He is accused of minting money through transfers and postings and receiving commissions in development programmes. The Anti-Corruption Establishment has already arrested XEN C&W Rana Iqbal. Rana Iqbal has got recorded his statement against Muhammad Khan Bhatti in his confessional statement.