A banking court on Thursday reserved its verdict on a plea of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), seeking more time for questioning Omni Group head, Anwar Majeed and others in fake bank accounts case. During the hearing, the joint interrogation team (JIT) of FIA, formed to probe into fake bank accounts, informed the court that the investigation was underway with Anwar Majeed, Abdul Ghani, Hussain Lawai and Talha Raza, imprisoned in Landhi Jail. “Probe was underway from the accused of the scam in Landhi Jail and the investigators need four more days for recording their statements”, the counsel of FIA pleaded the court. However, the defence counsel while opposing the JIT’s plea said in his argument that” an accused cannot be interrogated after jail custody.” The banking court after hearing arguments from the both sides adjourned the hearing after reserving the judgment into the plea seeking more time to record statements of the accused. The court will announce its judgment on the matter today (Friday). At an earlier hearing, the court was told that at least six million sacks of sugar had gone missing from Omni Group’s eight mills. This was revealed in an FIA report submitted to a banking court this last Monday. At least, 66,92,946 sacks of sugar were reported missing. According to case details, loans worth Rs13 billion were taken for the sugar mills. After the court issued arrest warrants, seven suspects appeared before the court, including Omni Group’s chief executive and directors. Their bail has been approved. The court has summoned the records from the FBR, State Bank, SECP. The statements of the banks, Omni Group authorities and sugar agents have yet to be recorded. Published in Daily Times, November 16th 2018.