The Sindh High Court issued on Friday a notice to the deputy prosecutor general of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Sindh, seeking comments on implication of a man in an investment scandal related to the modaraba mode of Islamic financing.

The court’s move came in response to a petition, filed by Faizan Ahmed Siddiqui, who mentioned the names of interior secretary and NAB Sindh director general in the case.

A division bench, headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M Sheikh, will take up the matter and examine the comments on September 2.

Narrating his story, Siddiqui told judges that being a young man of 27 years of age he decided to acquire a visa to move to the United States in search of greener pastures. His brother-in-law Muhammad Owais requested to a philanthropist, Shafiqur Rehman, to deposit some money in his bank account for the purpose of showing the account’s statement.

Rehman deposited Rs45 million in Siddiqui’s bank account, but kept the cheque book with himself.

Meanwhile, the petitioner said, the philanthropist was taken into custody by intelligence agencies over allegations of financing the al-Qaeda terrorist network. Following weeks of detention, he was sent to jail, from where NAB authorities took his physical custody upon release on bail.

NAB officials arrested Rehman in connection with the infamous Rs45 million modaraba financing scandal. Later, NAB filed a reference for cheating 112 people in the name of Islamic investment and named the petitioner as one of the beneficiaries.

Siddiqui claimed he had nothing to do with the scandal and pleaded to the court to order the NAB authorities to quash the proceedings against him.

After initial hearing of the petition, the judges issued the notice to the NAB deputy prosecutor general, seeking comments by September 2.

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