Pakistan Govt seeks re-trial of Axact CEO in fake degree case

(PKONWEB Report): Pakistan’s federal government seeks retrial of Axact CEO Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh and other members of the company in the fake degree scam case which drew worldwide attention two years back.

The Axact case came into spotlight in May 2015 when the New York Times published a report claiming that the company had sold fake diplomas and degrees online through hundreds of fictitious schools.

FIA officials raided the office of Axact located in DHA Islamabad on May 19, 2015 after the fake degrees scam was highlighted by local media.

The government argues that the district judge who earlier decided the matter had confessed before two judges of the Islam­abad High Court (IHC) to have taken bribe from Mr Shaikh for acquitting him in the fake degree case.

The hearing of the appeal filed by Federal Inv­es­tigation Agency (FIA) against the acquittal of Shaikh was conducted Tuesday before a division bench of the court headed by Justice Athar Minallah.

When the bench resumed the hearing of the FIA’s appeal on Tuesday, the DAG requested the court to remand this case back for a re-trial.

According to reports, IHC administration has completed the inquiry against additional district and sessions judge (ADSJ) Pervaizul Qadir Memon and referred the matter to the administrative committee.

Mr Memon has confessed to receiving Rs15million bribe for acquitting Mr Shaikh and many other employees of his company, local daily Dawn reported.

Axact’s directors were facing a similar case in Karachi and remained behind the bar for a few months, however, the Sindh High Court (SHC) in August last year granted them post-arrest bail.

The issue of taking bribe surfaced after ADSJ Memon challenged the departmental disciplinary proceedings in the IHC.

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