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ATC dismisses bail of ex-Pindi commissioner in Ring Road scam

A special court of anti-corruption on Tuesday dismissed after arrest bail of former commissioner of Rawalpindi Capt (R)  Muhammad Mahmood Rai and land acquisition collector Waseem Tabish who are accused in the Rawalpindi ring road scam.

The court held that both the applicant had been found involved in the case and sufficient incriminating material was available against them.  The court observed that the alleged offence under section 409 of PPC did not fall within prohibition of section 497 of Cr.P.C, therefore, the applicants could not be granted the concession of bail.

The Anti Corruption Establishment (ACE) had Muhammad Mahmood and Waseem Tabish of causing over Rs10bn loss to the national exchequer by allowing some big developers of housing societies to establish five interchanges on the ring road. The prosecution also alleged that the administration of m/s Nova Housing Society was involved in selling its one file for Rs 10 million and had earned a total Rs 1.5 billion from files sale. 

The society is believed to be owned by the close relatives of minister Sarwar.

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