Rawalpindi, Feb 23: Following a significant development in the case of fake bank accounts, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has approved a plea bargain of Rs21 billion from an accused.
Builder Ahsan Elahi has pleaded guilty to seizing government land in a fake bank accounts case.
Elahi planned to set up a residential society after paying a bribe of Rs. 35 million to the Director General of the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) after the Sindh government and Pakistan Steel Mills seized the land, NAB said.
Ahsan, with the help of his frontman Aftab Pathan, allotted 562 acres of government land in Malir bin Qasim in exchange for 292 acres of private land. But according to the law, private land cannot be exchanged for government land.
In addition, Rs. 300 million was returned to 356 victims of the society.
Chairman NAB Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal approved the plea of the accused.
Former president Asif Ali Zardari, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, his aunt Faryal Talpur, former chief minister Qaim Ali Shah, provincial minister Anwar Sial and others are among the 172 accused in the fake accounts case.