JIT formed to probe Rs2.14bn bank scam.

HYDERABAD -- Sindh government has formed a four-member joint investigation team (JIT) for a probe into alleged Rs2.14bn illegal transaction meant for land acquisition for motorway, that would pass through Matiari district.

The JIT was formed with the approval of Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah. It comprises DIG special branch Khadim Hussain Rind, DIG South Irfan Ali Baloch, chairman Anti-Corruption Establishment Nawaz Shaikh and director ACE Sindh Shahzad Abbasi.

The team will probe the transaction performed by the Sindh Bank and is supposed to submit its findings within 10 days.

Sindh government sources said that setting up of the JIT had become necessary as the ACE could not handle the case properly insofar as the FIR registered by the ACE was concerned.

Matiari DC suspended, faces interrogation

Meanwhile, then Matiari deputy commissioner Mohammad Adnan Rashid has been placed under suspension by the establishment division from the date of his arrest i.e. Nov 17.

The JIT is said to have held its first meeting in ACE's office in Karachi on Saturday. 'ACE officials have obtained camera-related record from the bank in order to know who had received the cash from the bank from time to time', said a source related to the case investigation.

He said that assistant commissioner Mansoor Abbasi who had actually got the money in cash through his letter and cheques had obtained pre-arrest bail. 'But we will try to seek cancellation of his pre-arrest bail though it's usually difficult,' said the source.

According to another Sindh government source...

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