ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to accept the plea bargain request of former finance secretary Balochistan, Mushtaq Ahmad Raisani as well as Sohail Majeed Shah, the contractor and frontman of Khalid Langove, the former adviser to chief minister Balochistan for finance.
According to a press release issued by NAB on Wednesday, the former civil-servants, will pay an amount of over Rs 2 billion to NAB as part of the plea bargain.
It is worth mentioning that NAB on May 06, this year recovered more than Rs730 million from residence of Mushtaq Raisani in the provincial Quetta.
A senior NAB official said Raisani was accused of embezzling billions of rupees from local government development funds.
Following Raisani’s arrest and the recovery of embezzled money, the provincial finance adviser Langove also immediately offered his resignation from the post.
The Supreme Court on Oct 24 restrained NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry from approving deals for voluntary return, a provision under the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999, that allowed people found guilty of corruption to pay a certain portion of the embezzled money and be released without any stigma.
The option of accepting a plea bargain, however, remains on the cards. INP