ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Friday suspended the sentence of an Axact Company 's senior officer Rizwan Shah in fake degree scam till the conclusion of his main plea against the trial court's verdict.
Justice Athar Minallah of IHC hearing the petition also fixed the appeal of Axact's CEO Shoaib Sheikh in next week for hearing.
During the course of proceeding on Shah's plea, the bench remarked that the victim was a private entity in this matter then how this case come under the jurisdiction of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). Is there any complainant appeared against the petitioners who were accused of issuing fake degrees to the people across the world, the judge asked the prosecution.
Justice Minillah asked whether the FIA had given any public notice in foreign newspapers? At lease one complainant should have come against the accused, the judge said.
Earlier, the petitioner's counsel contended that his client was innocent and no complaint was registered against him for doing unlawful activities. He prayed the court to suspend his imprisonment sentence till the final judgement on his appeal challenging the trial court verdict.
After hearing the arguments, the court subsequently suspended the accused's sentence and also fixed the Shoaib Sheikh's appeal for hearing in next week.
It may be mentioned here that a trial court of Islamabad had awarded seven year imprisonment to Shoaib Sheikh and other co-accused in Axact fake degree scam. The accused had approached the IHC against the trial court decision.