ISLAMABAD  – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday issued show cause notice to Chairman Capital Development Authority, Farkhand Iqbal for hampering the judicial proceedings against authority officers.

“Mannerism of the chairman is highly uncalled for and tantamount to interfere in the pending judicial proceedings for which he is also liable to face contempt proceedings,” Justice Shoukat Aziz Siddiqui remarked issuing show cause notice to the CDA chief.

During course of hearing, Deputy Director General CDA Mansoor Ahmed Khan appeared before the bench and informed that due to the ongoing proceedings against CDA officials, he has been threatened by a person outside courtroom not to speak against CDA else he could lose life.

He also apprised the Court that Chairman CDA hurled a threat through an SMS saying that if he spoke a single word then it would not be good for you”.

Justice Shoukat Aziz Siddiqui remarked that as the court started dealing with cases of polluted actions of CDA officials, this incident took place to hamper the judicial process and exert pressure on the court as well as the officers who came forward to point out corrupt practices causing huge financial loss to the national exchequer.

Meanwhile the bench hearing the case pertaining to alleged influencing the CDA affairs by former Chairman Task Force on Islamabad Faisal Sakhi Butt, appointed the standing counsel Rehanuddin Khan as prosecutor for further proceedings.

The officers include Director General Planning Ghulam Sarwar Sandhu, Deputy Director General Syed Imran Shah, DDG Municipal Administration Mansoor Ahmed Khan and directors Riaz Ahmed Randhawa and Haseen Raza Zaidi. The bench also expressed displeasure over the report submitted by CDA in pursuance of court order and directed authority to furnish a report containing the record of all recruitment, allotments, and launch of different projects he had made on the behest of Faisal Sakhi Butt. Further hearing of the case was adjourned till September 10.

Meanwhile,  National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Rawalpindi has handed over Rs 4,622,741 to the Capital Development Authority (CDA), which it has retrieved from CDA officials under plea bargain.

In Nov 2011, an investigation in NAB (Rawalpindi) was started on the basis of a news published a national daily regarding embezzlement/misappropriation of funds from within Directorate of Municipal Administration (DMA), Capital Development Authority, Islamabad.

Accused Malik Jamil Ahmed, ex-assistant DMA, CDA and Syed Aftab Haider, Ex-UDC, DMA, CDA in connivance with each other embezzled 18 bank instruments worth Rs 14.425 million and provided these bank instruments to accused Kamran Khan for credit in his account thus causing a loss to DMA, CDA, said NAB spokesman.

Prior to authorisation of inquiry at NAB, department had recovered Rs 3 million from accused persons. Accused Kamran Khan managed to get illegal credit of Rs 10,235,000 in his bank account.

Since two bank instruments could not be materialised and in case of one instrument, the bank branch on its own recovered Rs 1,500,000 in his bank account.

Therefore, Kamran Khan got net illegal credit of Rs 8,735,000 in his bank account against 14 bank instruments. Accused Kamran Khan and Malik Jamil were arrested in Dec 2011. During custody, Kamran Khan and Malik Jamil submitted offers for plea bargain. The liability of all the three accused was assessed and legal opinion was duly obtained.

The voluntary return (VR) of Rs 1,267,800 offered by accused Aftab Haider was accepted by the NAB.

The liabilities of accused Malik Jamil Ahmad have been assessed as Rs 2,423,625. Accused Kamran Khan had offered to plea bargain money amounting to Rs 4,622,741 the same was accepted by NAB and approved by the competent authority.  DG NAB handed over the cheque of recovered amount i.e. Rs 4,622,741 to Karamatullah Khan, Admn officer (MF) DMA, CDA Islamabad on 23 July, 2012.