Fake accounts can’t be opened without bank officials’ help: CJP

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said on Tuesday that opening fake bank accounts is not possible without bank officials’ involvement.

The chief justice gave the statement while hearing a case relating to the opening of fake bank accounts. The apex court was conducting the hearing of a case on the plea submitted by Senior Assistant Bank Mohamad Anwar.

“An account was opened with Rs100,000 and it turned that amount into Rs900,000,” he said. The chief justice said that it was a crime to open fake accounts.

The accused’s lawyer said that his client had opened accounts in different branches of the same bank.

“A three-year sentence is quite less in this case,” said the chief justice. He also pointed out that the bank accounts had been opened without proper verification.

The chief justice said that the suspect’s signatures were present on the opening forms of the accounts and that he was involved in all the transactions.

The case was concluded after the suspect withdrew his plea.

The suspect, Anwar Ayub, was sentenced to three years in prison and imposed a fine of Rs0.8 million. In another case, he was given an eight-year sentence.