Axact money laundering case: Shoaib Shaikh sent to jail on judicial remand

The district court earlier conducted the case's hearing shortly

Jawad Shoaib

KARACHI: Axact CEO Shoaib Shaikh was sent to jail on judicial remand till March 3 by the district court south which was hearing a money laundering case on Tuesday.

Shaikh was arrested on Monday evening after the Sindh High Court (SHC) rejected his protective bail application, which was submitted after the court approved the Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) appeal against the acquittal of those accused in the Axact money laundering case.

The defendant was presented before the court earlier today by officials of the Federal Investigation Authority. 

The court then adjourned the hearing of Shaikh's request to grant bail till March 1.  

Hearing of Axact fake-degrees case adjourned

The court had earlier heard the case regarding the issuance of fake degrees and diplomas by the company. 

Additional district and sessions judge south ordered the FIA to submit details of the appointment of a lawyer for the case. 

The judge, irked by the media coverage, ordered police officials to remove all journalists from the courtroom. 

The court then adjourned the case's hearing till March 3.  

Session court ordered to charge accused

The sessions court on Monday was ordered to charge the accused persons and wrap up the case within three months.

The court had ordered Shaikh and others accused in the case to appear before the trial court on March 3.

The cases

The Axact scandal surfaced in May 2015, when The New York Times published a report had claimed the company sold fake diplomas and degrees online through hundreds of fictitious schools, making “tens of millions of dollars annually”.

The FIA had then filed a plea against the acquittal of Shaikh in 2016 in a money laundering case, arguing that he was exonerated from the charges by the trial court despite strong evidence that proved his involvement in money laundering.

The accused in the money laundering case include, Chanda Exchange Company's Mohammad Younis and Junaid, who allegedly received 170 million rupees through 116 cheques.