FIA to complete Axact scam probe in 17 days: Hayaton June 1, 2015 at 6:07 am
KARACHI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will complete its investigations into the fake degree scams AXACT in 17 days, said the director of the FIA Shahid Hayat on Sunday.
“We have been given 17 days for investigation. We will complete the probe and submit the report to the court within 17 days,” Hayat told reporters at a press conference in Karachi.
The Director General of the FIA said the FIA had recovered “sufficient documentary evidence to go to court” against the defendant company.
“I’m confirming this as a prosecutor in this case, through internal documents and emails, we have evidence” to proceed in court charged with more AXACT he said.
Hayat did not give details, saying that would only answer questions for which the FIA has detailed supporting evidence.
“What I will say or share with you here today will be fully supported by documentary evidence. I will not shoot darts in the air or answer any other questions. Even now, we have enough documentary evidence to go to court and prove in the court of law, “he said.
AXACT became the center of a massive scandal when the New York Times published a research article accusing the IT company running an elaborate scam and reaping millions of dollars by selling fake diplomas online.
Since then, the FIA has launched an investigation into the allegations, seizure and analysis of computers and records of the company and stop its CEO, Shoaib Shaikh, along with other senior employees.
The FIA has recovered hundreds of thousands of fake diplomas, certificates and identity cards of the students in a raid in Karachi headquarters of the company.
When asked by a reporter today how many fake degrees had been recovered in raids on the offices of AXACT, he said he could not confirm the exact number at the time.