Bank manager’s post-arrest bail plea rejected

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday rejected the post-arrest bail of a bank manager for fraudulently transferring Rs800,000 from a customer’s account to the account of his friend.

The suspect, working as branch manager at Bank Al-Falah, was seeking post-arrest bail in the first information report (FIR) registered against him over the alleged fraud.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested him on April 23, 2021.

According to the FIR, the suspect deceitfully withheld the said amount on the pretext of opening a Term Deposit Receipt (TDR) account of the customer but transferred the amount to the bank account of his friend. The investigation agency also attached the account number of the suspect and froze Rs4.8 million in his account. The FIA filed the case against the suspect before the Banking Court of Islamabad; the same court dismissed his post-arrest bail.

According to the investigation agency, the suspect was involved in other identical incidents that are being probed as well. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah dismissed the bail plea.

Meanwhile, FIA arrested a cleric at Islamabad International Airport (IIA) for possessing a bogus United Kingdom visa.

The under-custody suspect is the prayer leader of a mosque in Kotli, Azad Jammu and Kashmir. He told the investigation agency that he paid Rs600,000 to an agent to get the visa.

The FIA’s immigration staff apprehended the suspect at the Islamabad International Airport (IIA) and shared his details with the British High Commission. He was formally taken into custody after the British High Commission confirmed that the visa stamped on the passport was fake.

Published in Dawn, July 10th, 2021

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