In a major development, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has filed a reference against Senate Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandviwala over Kidney Hills plots allotment case, a private TV channel reported on Wednesday. The NAB has nominated Saleem Mandviwala, Nadeem Mandviwala, Ejaz Haroon, Abdul Ghani Majeed and Tariq Mahmood as accused in the reference. Saleem Mandviwala is accused of having facilitated Ejaz Haroon in selling government plots to Omni Group’s Abdul Ghani Majeed. According to NAB reference, Haroon received huge sums of money from fake accounts in exchange for the plots. He prepared backdated files of the plots and then Mandviwala assisted him in selling them to Abdul Ghani Majeed. NAB alleges that Saleem Mandviwala and Ejaz Haroon received Rs 140 million through fake accounts. From his share, Mandviwala first bought a plot in the name of ‘benami’ person. Later he sold the plot and bought shares in the name of another frontman. From that money, according to NAB reference, Saleem Mandviwala and Nadeem Mandviwala bought shares in Mangla View Company in the name of Tariq Mahmood. Separately, a meeting of the NAB Executive Board approved the filing of a reference against former Sindh minister Jam Khan Shoro, and inquiries against several Sindh government officials, including Owais Muzaffar Tappi and Sohail Anwar Sial. The board meeting at NAB Headquarters, chaired by NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal and attended by Deputy Chairman Hussain Asghar, and other senior officers, also approved two more references. In one reference, Jam Khan Shoro and several government officials from Hyderabad are accused of illegally occupying government land in Jamshoro, Qasimabad, Sindh and using it for personal use, causing a loss of about Rs 5 billion to the national exchequer. The second reference, filed against Adil Karim, deputy director of the Board of Investment, Islamabad, and other government officials, alleges that the accused persons misused their powers and caused a loss of Rs417.409 million to the national exchequer. The NAB board meeting approved seven inquiries against Fida Khan, Aftab Khan [frontman], Owais Muzaffar Tappi and others. It also approved five investigations against former Sindh home minister Sohail Anwar Sial and officials from the Special Initiatives Department, Fisheries Department, and the officials from the Balochistan Development Authority. Meanwhile, the NAB executive board closed an inquiry, pertaining to the procurement of MI-171E helicopter for the Balochistan government for lack of evidence against the Procurement Committee and others. “It is a yearlong policy of NAB to share the details of EBM with the public which does not aim to hurt the feelings of anyone as all inquiries and investigations are initiated on the basis of alleged allegations, which are not final. NAB decides to go ahead with case after assessing the merits of the cases and after obtaining the point of view of accused persons as per law,” a press release issued by NAB stated. Addressing the meeting, Justice (r) Javed Iqbal said that eradication of corruption from Pakistan is the foremost priority of NAB. “NAB is pursuing the policy of accountability for all as per law. NAB is the national anti-corruption institution which has no affiliation with any individual, group or political party. It has an affiliation with only the state of Pakistan,” he said. The chairman directed all NAB officials to utilize all available resources for concluding the complaint verifications, inquiries and investigations on the basis of concrete evidence within the prescribed timeframe as per SOPs. He directed investigation officers and prosecutors to pursue the cases in courts with full preparations as per law.