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HEC chief’s brother re-arrested in corruption case

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HYDERABAD: Judge Special Anti-Corruption Court, Hyderabad, Faiz Rasool Rashidi, accepted the bail of Dr Farooq Leghari, the brother of the chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC), for the amount of Rs 200,000.

Farooq Leghari, former DCO Tando Allah Yar and Tando Muhammad Khan, was arrested on the charge of corruption of Rs 70 million, which he allegedly committed during his tenure as the DCO.

Later, he was also arrested for embezzlement of more than Rs 20.12 million in the purchase of Hepatitis C medicines and for making unauthorised expenses and renovation of his office. On Thursday, after the acceptance of Farooq Leghariís bail, his elder brother Tariq Leghari approached the court with documents relating to the bail. But he was told that Farooq Leghari would not be released as there was another corruption case against him.

Deputy Director Anti-Corruption, Hyderabad, Aftab Kamran, said the complaint regarding embezzlement of Rs 20.12 million was lodged by EDO Finance Tando Muhammad Khan, Abdul Majeed, on the basis of which FIR 5/2010 had been registered.

It has been alleged that Dr Farooq Leghari had not followed the Pepra Rules. He did not issue any tenders and made the purchases worth over Rs 12.2 million. He further said that the former DCO also spent Rs 3 million on renovation of the DC House without giving information to the finance department.

Besides, he also purchased expensive Hepatitis C vaccines for the Chief Minister Sindh’s Programme for Hepatitis C, without constituting a board for the purpose. It was further stated that the market value of a vial of Hepatitis C was Rs 196 while the former DCO Tando Muhammad Khan purchased it for Rs 500, thus, he embezzled money.

Dr Farooq Leghari would be produced before the Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate, Tando Muhammad Khan, for remand.Replying to a question, the DD Anti-corruption said the process for Dr Farooqís arrest against the complaint lodged had started since June 2010 and he was arrested after obtaining permission from the competent authority.

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