National Accountability Bureau authorises inquiry against officials of Inland Revenue Service

Islamabad, July 18, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Executive Board of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in its meeting held today with Chairman NAB Admiral (Retd) Fasih Bokhari in chair decided to authorize inquiry against officials of Inland Revenue Service, FBR Karachi.

The accused persons, in this case, were alleged for misuse of authority by sanctioning illegal/ inadmissible Sales Tax refund on dubious and bogus invoices causing loss of Rs 2454.780 million to the state exchequer.

The Board also decided to authorize Complaint Verification in a suo-moto case against the Management of Employees Old Age Benefit Institution (EOBI) and others for misuse of authority; unauthorized investment and purchase of land amounting to Rs 16 billion for EOBI at exorbitant rates.

The management of EOBI was alleged for purchasing of more than 300 kanal of land from DHA for Rs 16 billion, higher than market price. The management was also alleged to deal with a single party in contravention to the public procurement rules 2004 for purchase of land.

The Board decided to close two inquires due to lack of evidence, first against Pervez Ahmed Khalid and Waheed Muhammad Riaz Raja Directors of M/s Xinjiang Jiufuyang Pak Pvt Ltd, the accused were alleged for misappropriation of Rs 30 million from the company’s account.

The complainants, also the Directors of the same company could not provide proof of allegation against the accused persons; and second against Muhammad Rahim Khan, Ex DO (R and E) / Dy Land Commissioner Mardan and others where the accused was alleged for corruption and corrupt practices while transferring government land.

The board also decided to close complaint verification against Officials of Privatization Commission and others, the accused were alleged for misuse of authority and loss to national exchequer for corruption in the privatization of Pak-American Fertilizer Ltd. Complaint verification proved that it was found that nothing sort of misuse of authority or the loss to the national exchequer took place as alleged by the complainant. It was rather a case of misreporting of the whole issue on personal grounds.

In another case against the management of KMC Cooperative Housing Society, the Board directed the Deputy Prosecutor General Accountability to advise NAB (Sindh) for further course of action in the case as the management was alleged for illegal allotment of 200 acres of government land in Guttar Baghicha to KMC officers of Cooperative Housing Society.

The Board decided to file a reference against Muhammad Ahsan Raja, ex-Additional Secretary, M/o Interior and others. The accused persons were alleged to misuse the authority in connivance and collaboration with each other in terms of illegal promotion of Ahmed Riaz Sheikh (an NRO beneficiary) against the Judgment of Supreme Court of Pakistan dated 16.12.2009.

In another case against Khalid Salim, Ex-Registrar Revenue Department Peshawar and others, the Board decided to refer the case to Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) as the accused persons are already facing trial under the ACE.

The Board approved to accept Voluntary Return (VR) of Rs 1.634 billion from Shakeel Ahmed Khan, Director MPO, Director CDA, the accused were alleged for embezzlement in the Govt funds. The Board approved to accept Plea Bargain (PB) of Rs 5.95 million from Mir Faiq Ali Jamali, Ex-Minister Labor and Manpower Balochistan in a case where the accused was alleged for illegal construction of a bungalow on a state land.

In another case of corruption and corrupt practices the board approved PB of Rs 1.82 million from Ayaz Malik, ex-Post Master General (PMG), Hyderabad. The accused was alleged to pay fake / illegal medical bills to different hospitals of Hyderabad region during his tenure as PMG.

For more information, contact:
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