ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) has set aside subordinate court decision and acquitted former federal minister for religious affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi and others in Hajj Corruption case.
The hajj corruption case came up for hearing before Islamabad high court on Monday.
Following completion of hearing of the case, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani of IHC set aside the subordinate court verdict in HAJJ Corruption case and acquitted former federal minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi, Rao Shakeel and Aaftab ul Islam. .
During PPP previous regime, the then minister for religious affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi, the then joint secretary Aftab ul Islam and former Director General (DG) Hajj Rao Shakeel and others were accused of committing massive financial irregularities during the course of hiring buildings for Pakistani pilgrims at Makkah, Jeddah and Madina in connection with Hajj arrangements in 2010. Million of rupees were overcharged to the pilgrims.
Last year Islamabad subordinate court had awarded 6 year imprisonment each to Hamid Saeed Kazmi, Rao Aaftab ul Islam under section 34/409 and further imprisonment of 6 years each under section 471, 468 and 420 and also imposed fine of Rs 150 million on each. In the event of non-payment of fine both were to undergo 4 years jail term further . Key accused of the case Rao Shakeel was awarded 40 years imprisonment with fine of Rs 150 million.
A review petition was filed by Hamid Saeed Kazmi in IHC against decision of subordinate court. Later he filed petition in Supreme Court (SC) and the apex court had issued directives for disposing off Hamid Saeed case within 15 days.