ISLAMABAD (Dec 20, 2018) — The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday reserved its verdict against renowned anchorperson Dr Shahid Masood’s bail plea in state-owned Pakistan Television Corruption Case.
The media person well known for his independent analyses on current and country affairs remains incarcerated after arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
He is accused of being involved in the embezzling of Rs37 million during his tenure as managing director of PTV and of allotting contracts to a fake company.
According to the FIA’s investigation, at the time of the agreement Masood as MD of PTV signed a document which paid the fake company a sum of over Rs3 million. The entity was registered in Lahore and provided catering services.
The anchorperson on his prime time programs had denied having signed the document with bad intentions as he said he had no prior knowledge his management had not done its homework.
The burden of proof now falls on the anchorperson to prove that the scam was not of his making.
His counsel told court at an earlier hearing that Dr. Masood as MD of PTV had signed the documents vetted and prepared by PTV’s legal advisor. Also, the counsel pointed out that the inquiry committee declared Masood responsible for the scam even though he was not included in the inquiry and had already resigned.