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Shift Anwar Majeed to jail from hospital, orders SC

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday reviewed the medical reports of Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed and directed that he be shifted to jail from the hospital.
On September 17, the Supreme Court had heard Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) petition regarding medical treatment being given to Anwar and his son, Abdul Ghani Majeed. The court had formed a committee under the surgeon general of Pakistan for the medical examination of the accused.
As the top court heard the money laundering case today, the additional attorney general submitted the medical reports of Majeed and his son, who have been arrested for involvement in the case, before the bench.
The additional attorney general informed the court, “Along with the report, the committee has presented its recommendations. The report states that the Omni Group chairman can be made part of investigations.”
Justice Nisar then remarked, “Majeed’s counsel should inform us if his client wants to get his surgery done. If Anwar Majeed wants to get his surgery done then he should otherwise he should be shifted to jail.”
“Tell us, whether he wants to stay in the hospital or jail,” the chief justice added. “Hemorrhoids can be treated with a cream, it is not like Anwar Majeed has a heart ailment.”
Further, Justice Nisar said, “Is he an official guest? Shift him to the jail, he has been enjoying for over a month.”
To this, Omni Group counsel said, “Anwar Majeed is scheduled to have an operation at South City Hospital.” Justice Nisar then asked if Dr Asim Hussain owns the hospital.
Responding to the chief justice, Jinnah Hospital administrator Dr Seemin Jamali said. “No, South City is a private hospital.”
Justice Nisar then remarked, “As per the report, Anwar Majeed is in good health.”
Former president Asif Ali Zardari’s close aide and Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed and his son, Abdul Ghani, were arrested by FIA in August in relation to a Rs35 billion money laundering case.
The FIA is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from fictitious accounts, including Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July in connection with the probe.
Over 20 ‘benami’ accounts at some private banks were opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 from where transactions worth billions of rupees were made, according to sources.
The amount, according to FIA sources, is said to be black money gathered from various kickbacks, commissions and bribes.