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Dr. Asim granted permission to travel abroad for treatment

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Tuesday granted the permission to Dr. Asim Hussain to travel abroad on account of medical treatment.

While hearing the plea of the accused seeking court’s permission to travel abroad on medical grounds, the accountability court allowed Dr. Asim Hussain to travel from October 2 until October 30.

A medical report prepared by a surgeon was present before the court that cited the requirement of treatment for Dr. Asim Hussain.

Dr. Asim has been reportedly suffering from a back ailment and he had been granted permissions to travel abroad on medical grounds previously as well. The name of Dr. Asim is placed on the exit control list (ECL) owing to graft charges against him.

MEGA CORRUPTION CHARGES

An accountability court last year had indicted Dr Hussain, ex-petroleum secretary Ejaz Chaudhry and others in an over Rs 460 billion corruption reference.

Dr Hussain was taken into custody on August 26, 2015 by Rangers on different corruption charges.

After 19 months, his bail plea was referred to a referee judge for final orders. The referee judge, Justice Aftab Ahmed Gorar, granted bail to the accused earlier this year.

Dr Asim faced charges of misusing his authority for getting plots allotted fraudulently and encroaching upon state land for expansion of Dr Ziauddin Hospital/Trust, money laundering, illegal gains, kickbacks, commission through fertiliser cartel for illegal curtailment of gas for exploitative price hike and defrauding people in the name of charity hospital.

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