News One CEO is fined with illegal land occupation from the NAB Chairman.
After a rumour of the National Accountability Bureau NAB Chairman, Chief Justice Retired Javed Iqbal, was aired by News One – a private TV channel.
However, after the released preliminary audio call from the channel, it has just been announced that News One CEO, Syed Umar was already facing illegal land occupation corruption charges by the anti-corruption organization.
The details of the reference filing from NAB Karachi suggest that Syed Umar was illegally occupying 25 acres of land, which was worth Rs. 25 Billion, and it was owned by the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board.
The anti-corruption organization declared Syed Umar guilty in 2018, under the Reference Number 28. The suspect, News One CEO denied the charges against him, but the detailed forensic reports upon the investigation revealed clearly that he was involved.
Syed Umar spent two-month in the NAB jail, when investigations were conducted. He was then sent again for a two-month Judicial remand, and upon his pardon appealing, the NAB is giving no response.
The footage and some audio clips who were meant to be, “defamatory”, in which the NAB chairman was involved in a conversation with a woman. The clips were officially aired first by News One, in which it could be heard a male talking to a woman, while making inappropriate comments with the woman.
NAB denied the audio clips, calling them baseless and fake, but in the recent events, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority PEMRA issued a show-cause notification to the private channel.
In the notice of the News One CEO, PEMRA stated that the TV channel on May 23, flashed a breaking news, targeting the audio clips as well as the video footage.
The CEO has been directed to repair, for the hearing at the PEMRA headquarters, Islamabad as illustrating and airing such content, and in the case, the chairman of a prestigious institution, is a sheer violation of the “Electronic Media (Programmes and Advertisements) Code of Conduct 2015″ and Pemra Ordinance 2002.