SHC orders issuing passport to Dada

April 12, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday directed Interior Ministry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue passport to the then director of National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) Amin Qasim Dada, nominated in a case relating to a multi-million land scam, who was reported to have sought refuge in the UK.

Headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar, the division bench was hearing the petition of Shagufta wife of Amin Qasim Dada, seeking transitory bail and passport of her husband. The petitioner submitted that her husband was nominated in five FIRs which had been registered against top management of NICL.

She said that though her husband’s name was nominated in the FIRs relating to NICL scam but no particular role had been attributed to her husband in the charge sheet. She said that her husband has orthopaedic problem and is under treatment in UK. She stated that passport of her husband expired on 30 January 2012 and concerned agency was reluctant in issuing a new passport.

She said that her husband wants to return country and face charges. However, she said that her husband’s name has been placed on ECL therefore he has not been issued passport.

She prayed to court to direct ministry concerned to issue passport to her husband and remove his name from ECL. She also asked court to grant her husband transitory bail.

The court observed that even if the case is registered against petitioner’s husband but he cannot be denied travel documents by ministry concerned. Therefore it directed respondents to issue him passport. However, the court said that it would consider matter regarding bail after the passport is issued.

Earlier, the special federal anti-corruption court-II had issued the non-bailable warrants for PPP leader Amin Fahim, former secretary of commerce Suleman Ghani, two directors of NICL Amin Qasim Dada and Javed Syed, and Khalid Anwar and Amir Hussian and directed the FIA to arrest and produce them in court by April 12.