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Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani indicted in assets case

Sindh High Court had earlier rejected Durrani's bail plea. Source: FILE.

KARACHI: An accountability court on Monday indicted Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani and others in a case pertaining to assets beyond known means of income.

Durrani and others accused pleaded not guilty in the case and vowed to contest the charges against them. The court has summoned prosecution witnesses for hearing on December 22.

The case has been filed against Aghan Siraj Durrani, his brother Agha Masihuddin Durrani, his daughters Sanam, Shahana and Sarah Durrani, and against Tufail Ahmed, Zulfiqar, Agha Munawar Ali, Ghulam Murtaza and Gulbahar.

During the previous hearing, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor had opposed deferring the indictment and added that a year had been passed since the reference was filed but the accused were still not indicted.

In July last year, NAB had ordered an inquiry on charges of corruption against the Sindh Assembly speaker. Durran was arrested from a hotel in Islamabad in February last year.

The anti-graft watchdog had named twenty people in the reference including Siraj Durrani filed in an accountability court after an inquiry. The suspects are allegedly involved in corruption worth Rs1.6 billion and possessing assets beyond their known means of income.