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CJP ordered to shift Omni Group chairman to jail

24 September, 2018

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Monday ordered to shift Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed to jail after reviewing his medical reports.

Last week, a case was filed by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) about the medical treatment given to Anwar and his son, Abdul Ghani Majeed which was heard by the court.

A committee was formed for the medical examination of the accused.

The medical reports were submitted by the additional attorney general before the bench today.

Justice Nisar reviewed the reports and found Anwar Majeed to be in good health.

On August 15, Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed and his son, Abdul Ghani, were arrested by FIA in money laundering case.

Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) Executive Director Dr Seemi Jamali told the court that members of a medical board set up by the SC had visited the hospital on Muharram 9 and 10. The board had examined a patient, she told the court.

The additional attorney general today submitted a report by a medical committee tasked with examining Anwar Majeed and his son Abdul Ghani.

The medical report and recommendations by the committee suggested that both Majeed and Ghani are fit to participate in the investigation.

The court was told that Majeed was suffering from haemorrhoids. The CJP gave Majeed two options ─ to either opt for surgery or go to jail. Majeed's lawyer sought time to review the medial commitee's report but Justice Nisar ordered that Majeed be shifted to jail.

"There are no issues with Majeed's heart. Shift him to jail, he has been enjoying himself in the hospital for the past month and a half," the CJP said. Subsequently, the Majeed and Ghani were both shifted to jail.

The CJP warned against any external pressure being applied in the case. "Convey my message to the Sindh chief minister as well," he said. "Any pressure in this case will not be tolerated."

He also warned Sindh CM Murad Shah against offering the jail superintendent's room to the suspect.

"Action will be taken if the court comes to know that the accused were offered the jail superintendent's room," he said.

The CJP said he might hand over the issue to the government of Punjab. Concluding the matter, the chief justice directed the JIT head to shift Majeed to the hospital when and if he needs to undergo surgery.

The court directed the Defence Ministry to submit a report on the medical board. The hearing of the case has been adjourned for 10 days.

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