The multibillion rupees fake bank accounts case against Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari and PPP leader Faryal Talpur took a new turn on Wednesday when Accountability Court released a suspect who had turned approver.
While hearing the case, Judge Muhammad Bashir ordered the release of Syed Nadeem Altaf, executive vice-president of Sindh Bank, on the request of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) after he agreed to turn approver. During the investigations, the suspect purportedly confessed that he had given Rs 1 billion to the fake companies working under the Omni Group owned by Anwer Majeed, a close aide of former president Zardari.
The NAB officials produced Altaf before the court on expiry of his physical remand. During the hearing, the NAB prosecutor told the court that Chairman NAB Justice Javed Iqbal (retd) has approved Altaf's application to turn approver. He also told the court that the Bureau has fulfilled all legal formalities required in this regard.
The prosecutor further told the court that the confessional statement of the accused under Section 164 of Code of the Criminal Procedure (CrPC) has been recorded. He requested the court to order the release of the suspect as now he has become a witness of the NAB. The court reserved its judgment for some time and later ordered the release of Altaf.