IHC dismisses CDA legal advisor’s bail in housing society scam

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday dismissed post-arrest bail application of a legal advisor of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) in a case pertaining to a housing society scam. A division bench comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani dismissed bail of CDA’s official, Raja Adnan Aslam, after hearing the arguments.
It may be mentioned here that Ministry of Commerce Employees Cooperative Housing Society (MOCECHS) was launched in 1987, but till day it remains incomplete despite the passage of almost 30 years. More than 7,000 members of the society are still waiting for residential plots in return of their hard earned money.
The delay has been blamed on alleged corruption by MOCECHS president Rana Ghulam Fareed, and MOCECHS Secretary Raja Adnan Aslam, who is also additional legal adviser of the CDA – and several other members of the society.
While dismissing bail, the bench inquired of the Director Investigation Wing of the National Accountability Court (NAB), Masood Alam, what action was being taken against Mr Ghulam Fareed. To this CDA’s counsel informed the court that things were in process for determining his role in the case.
The issue surfaced after four members of the society – Muhammad Ali Azam, Abdul Waheed, Asif Nadeem and Abdul Hameed – filed a complaint with the NAB director general stating that Ghulam Fareed prepared “bogus allotments” for over 900 plots in the society “causing losses of over a billion” rupees.

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