LAHORE – The National Accountability Bureau Punjab on Monday distributed Rs46.3 million among affectees of the Double Shah, Sibtul Hassan Gillani, Dr Majid Naeem, Abdul Hafeez Nagi and United Brokerage Consultant scams.

Acting Director General Prevention Group Capt (r) Shamsher Ali distributed cheques among affectees of the Double Shah scam, the biggest in the country’s history, in a ceremony held at NAB Punjab.

On Monday, cheques of Rs29.2 million were distributed among 192 affectees of Sibtul Hassan Gillani who had claimed less than Rs100,000. It is worth mentioning that Gillani was convicted by the Accountability Court and sentenced to 14-year rigorous imprisonment, a fine of Rs5.43 billion and confiscation of all properties.

This amount is being recovered from the accused to be distributed among the affectees. The NAB Punjab has established a special claim verification cell to speed up recovery and disbursement of payments to affectees of the Double Shah scam.

In another case, a cheque of Rs2.7 million was handed over to the Punjab University. The amount had been recovered from Dr Majid Naeem, former principal of the Punjab University College of Information Technology. Earlier, a reference was filed in the Accountability Court against Dr Majid Naeem on the allegation of misappropriation of government funds.

Moreover, a cheque of Rs0.7 million was handed over to the affectees of Abdul Hafeez Nagi, ex-superintending engineer, GEPCO. The amount was recovered from the accused through voluntary return.

The NAB Punjab also handed over cheques of Rs13.7 million to the affectees of M/s United Brokerage Consultant. Accountability Court reference no. 26/2007 was filed against five directors of the company.

Three accused Muhammad Asad Kamran, Majid Saleem and Muhammad Anjum Latif opted for plea bargain of Rs15,092,427 and deposited the whole liability. The trial against the remaining two accused is still in progress.