LAHORE, April 27: In yet another criminal case involving a PML-N figure, the Mozang police have registered a case against MPA Malik Feroze Joya, his brother Munir Joya and a son in a car fraud case. Munir Joya is the RTA secretary.
The police, who have yet to arrest any of the suspects, claim that Joya brothers are not found guilty in the hitherto (police) investigation.
Architect Hassan Jameel Chaudhry of Faisal Town’s HBFC scheme has accused the MPA, his brother and son Umer Feroze Joya of taking away his car worth Rs1.8 million parked at Canal Motors. They got it registered in the name of Umer Feroze in connivance with the Punjab Excise and Taxation Department, he said.
He stated in his application that he had parked his new car he had bought in January 2010 at Canal Motors owned by Rana Qaiser Nazir for sale on Feb 11. He said evidence and discussions with ex-employees of Canal Motors revealed that MPA Feroze of Mianwali, along with another MPA and 30 gunmen, reached the showroom on Feb 12, got the original registration book at gunpoint in the presence of the showroom owner and drove away with the car.
The showroom owner, however, informed Hassan that his car was stolen by unidentified people and “did not reveal the truth”.
Hassan lodged an FIR under section 406 of the PPC with the Faisal Town police against Rana Qaiser and his staff on Feb 21. Qaiser and others have gone missing since Feb 19 for their alleged involvement in fraud cases.
Hassan later came to know on March 28 that according to the excise department’s record his vehicle had been transferred in the name of Umer Feroze. The suspects, he said, used fake signature and thumb impression on transfer letter with forged stamp papers. There was no signature and thumb impression of any witness, he said.
He said this proved that the staff of the Motor Registration Authority also was involved in the process. Hassan challenged the transfer at MRA against which they issued a legal notice to both parties for hearing on April 20. The suspects did not appear before the authority.
The authority deferred the matter for another 22 days by giving another date of May 12 under pressure of the MPA’s brother, said Hassan who finally got registered a case under sections 420, 468 and 471 of the PPC against the three on April 23.
He further said the Mozang investigation police raided the house of Munir Joya who threatened the police team with dire consequences. The police returned without any arrest.
Hassan said Mr Joya had been calling at his cell phone and threatening and abusing him. He has appealed to the chief minister, the IGP and the Lahore High Court chief justice to take notice and provide him justice.
Civil Lines Division SP (Investigation) Shahzad Asif Khan, however, said Joya brothers had been exonerated in the Faisal Town case by the investigation police after they produced genuine transfer documents.
He said their investigation found that the complainant had got registered two similar cases involving Joya brothers, wondering how the two FIRs of a single incident could be lodged and how two punishments could be made in similar cases.
He said Munir Joya was RTA secretary but the registration of cars was the responsibility of the excise department.
The SP said the police could not arrest Joya brothers without evidence, adding that he had called both parties at his office on Wednesday (today) for inquiries. He expressed ignorance about any police raid at the house of Munir Joya.
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