KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday once again directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) investigation officer to submit comments on a petition of former federal commerce minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim against his arrest in fresh cases relating to multi-billion rupees trade subsidy scam.
Fahim moved the court through his counsel Farooq H Naik, submitting that FIA had lodged 12 FIRs made out of an inquiry into the trade subsidy scam. He said that he was not initially nominated in 12 cases but FIA authorities later implicated him in final charge-sheets. He submitted that FIA has yet failed to place on record any incriminating evidence to corroborate his involvement in the scam.
Counsel for petitioner said that FIA was hatching conspiracies to involve Fahim in some fresh cases in order to harass him, adding that he had learnt that FIA in connivance with his political rivals might register several similar more cases under the same inquiry.
Therefore, he requested the court to direct FIA to divulge the exact number of FIRs which have been registered against Fahim in respect of inquiry and restrain it from lodging more cases without permission of the court.
Earlier on July 09, the court had restrained FIA from arresting him in fresh cases relating to the trade subsidy scam.
Fahim has been implicated along with former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and some other senior officials of the TDAP in cases for their alleged involvement in approving and disbursing fraudulent trade subsidies of millions of rupees to several fake companies through fictitious claims and backdated cheques.