Fraud charges against famous actor Javed Sheikh dropped

A fraud case against renowned actor Javed Sheikh and five others has been dismissed by the Rawat Police due to jurisdictional limitations, as the events in question occurred in Karachi.

Rawat Station House Officer (SHO) Chaudhry Zulfikar told Dawn that the case was initially registered under Section 420 of the Pakistan Penal Code, which addresses cheating and dishonest inducement of property delivery. However, during the investigation, it was found that the transaction in question took place in Karachi, placing it outside the jurisdiction of Rawat Police. Consequently, a discharge report for the case was prepared.

The fraud case was lodged on June 6 against Sheikh, Jahanzeb Alam, Jamal Khan, Rana Zahid, Azhar Hussain, and Sameer Jadoon, alleging that they deceived a couple into investing Rs5 million without delivering the promised returns. Sheikh was identified as the brand ambassador for the implicated company.

The case was filed on the directive of an additional district and sessions judge, prompting the police to summon the accused for investigation. Complainant Amjad Mahmood alleged that the group promised him and his spouse, Iram Amjad, a seven percent monthly profit and persuaded them to invest their money.

Mahmood’s police report also claimed that when he requested the return of his investment, Alam and Khan threatened him, even showing weapons as an intimidation tactic.

SHO Zulfikar emphasized that although Sheikh’s name was used by the company involved in the fraud, it did not necessarily implicate the actor himself in the fraudulent activities.

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