The accused has ensured court docket that may seem in each listening to of the case.
Earlier on Saturdya, the court docket sentenced former spiritual affairs minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi to 16 years in jail in the identical case.
Particular Choose Central Nazeer Ahmad additionally convicted two former senior officers of the spiritual affairs ministry, Aftab Islam and Rao Shakil, and awarded them 16 and 40 years jail time period respectively.
The Hajj rip-off had surfaced in 2010 after the then Minister for Science and Expertise Azam Swati accused Kazmi, an influential minister within the authorities of Pakistan Peoples Get together (PPP), of his involvement in corruption within the pilgrimage.
The Supreme Court docket of Pakistan took suo moto discover of the case after receiving a letter by Saudi Prince Bander Bin Khalid Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud who revealed that Pakistani pilgrims have been charged extra for the residences rented by the ministry close to Makkah and Madina. He mentioned the involved ministry had rented residences for pilgrims throughout Hajj for as much as 3,600 riyals whereas the costs have been truly round 1,500 riyals, including that he had supplied decrease charges to the ministry however his citation was rejected.
A complete of 35,000 Pakistanis pilgrims have been affected because of excessive prices.
Afterwards, a case was registered resulting in Kazmi’s arrest on March 15, 2011 however he was granted bail by a Rawalpindi court docket in August 2012.
In its resolution in 2013, the Supreme Court docket had ordered FIA to hold out thorough investigation of this case.
Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had sacked each Kazmi and Swati from their places of work. Abdul Qadir Gilani, the son of former prime minster, was additionally investigated into the matter however he was cleared of prices.