Graft case: DG FIA tenders resignation in top court

ISLAMABAD— Under severe censure for defying courts with government blessing, the Director-General Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Tehsin Anwar Shah finally tendered his resignation in the Supreme Court on Wednesday during the hearing of the National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) scam case.

By Afzal Khan

Published: Fri 19 Aug 2011, 1:12 AM

Last updated: Mon 29 Jun 2020, 2:48 PM

Tehsin Shah, however, shifted blame to the court for compelling to serve under a junior officer, a reference to Zafar Qureshi who has been restored by the couirt to carry out probe in the insurance and Haj scams in which high personalities are involved.
Responding to Shah’s statement, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry said that Shah should not threaten the court with his move and resign before the authorities concerned.
Tendering his resignation, Shah said being the director-general of the FIA, he could not work under his subordinate FIA’s Additional Director-General Zafar Qureshi, chief investigator probing the NICL scam.
The members of Qureshi’s team also appeared before the court on Wednesday.
Furthermore, the CJ reprimanded Director FIA Lahore Waqar Haider saying he was creating hurdles in the way of implementation of the court’s orders.
The two officials had been summoned by the court over the purported bomb scare in the FIA office.
Assistant Director FIA Lahore Khwaja Imad told the court Haider had said that he was “under a lot of pressure”
Earlier on Tuesday, the court had ordered Shah to allow officers from Qureshi’s team to rejoin the probe. Moreover, the court had directed Shah to associate himself with the team to facilitate the probe.
Shah has been accused by the court of defying its orders and helping government to use devious means to save scions of top families of the country who are being probed on charges of involvement in different scams. Moonis Elahi, son of senior minister Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, is under detention for involvement in multibillion rupees insurance company scandal.

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