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NAB officials urged to put best efforts for combating corruption.

ISLAMABAD -- National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry Tuesday said all officers and officials of Bureau should put their best efforts for verification of complaints and inquiries against the corrupt in accordance with law transparently and on merit.

Chairing an Executive Board Meeting (EBM) of NAB here, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry said the Bureau was committed to eliminating corruption and corrupt practices through transparent and fair inquiries, investigations and vigorous prosecution in courts.

The Executive Board Meeting decided to file corruption references against Nadeem Hameed Sheikh, CEO/Director M/s Natover Lease and Refinance Limited and Chairman/Director M/s Natover International (Pvt) Ltd. (NIPL) and Rashid Nadeem Sheikh, CEO/ Director M/s Orion IPL. In this case, the accused persons raised deposits from members of general public by cheating and misappropriated an amount of Rs. 707.51 million public money.

The deposits/money were raised from general public by using Certificate of Investments (COIs), Preference Finance Notes (PFNs), Preference Security Deposit Receipts (PSDRs) and Repo Deposits Security Receipts (RDSRs).

The EBM also decided to authorize two fresh investigations and first investigation was authorized against government functionaries/officials and others regarding award of illegal contract to M/s Gulf Rental Power, Eminabad Gujranwala (RPP).

In this case, the accused persons namely Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Ex-Minister of Water and Power, Shahid Rafi, Ex Secretary, Water and Power, Fayyaz Ellahi, Ex-Managing Director, PPIB, N.A. Zubairi, Ex-Executive Director, PPIB (present MS PPIB), Fazal Ahmed Khan, Ex-MD PEPCO and Ghulam Mustafa Tunio, Ex-CEO (GENCO-III) were allegedly involved for corruption/corrupt practices and misuse of authority in award of 62 MW Rental Power Project (RPP) contract to M/s Gulf Rental Power Eminabad, Gujranwala, causing loss of Rs. 493.85 million to national exchequer.

Second investigation was authorized against officers/officials of Peshawar University and others regarding corruption and corrupt practices and embezzlement of funds in Institute of Chemical Sciences, University of Peshawar.

In this case, the accused persons Imdadullah S/o Khan Syed, Arif Ismail S/o Mian Abdul Samad and Muhammad Ali s/o Ghulam Sarwar were allegedly involved in embezzlement of funds worth more than Rs. 12 million from various bank accounts of Institute of Chemical Sciences.

The Meeting also decided to authorize seven inquiries and first inquiry was authorized against officers/officials of Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) regarding Irregular Award of Elevator and Platform Sliding Door (PSD) Metro Bus project of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

In this case, the accused persons were allegedly involved for irregularities in award of Elevator and Platform Sliding Door Metro Bus project Rawalpindi and Islamabad by RDA to M/s Mesi Enterprises.

Second inquiry was authorized against officers/officials of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), Bangladesh Branch and others.

In this case, the officers and staff posted at four branches of NBP Bangladesh got involved in abuse of discretionary powers in processing and sanctioning of credit limits, failed to perform due diligence, willfully avoided to conduct proper valuation of securities offered by borrower, causing huge loss to national exchequer to tune of US$ 170 million. The third inquiry was authorized against officer and officials of BOR, CBCK, Sindh Government, and others against illegal allotment of 06 acres land in Deh Dih Na Class 24, issued Survey No. 476.

In this case the accused persons were alleged for fake allotment of amenity plot 06 acres of land in Deh Dih Na Class 24, on the basis of tempered documents and illegal conversion of purpose of land from Industrial to Industrial/Residential without approval of competent authority.

The fourth inquiry was authorized against officers/officials of Local Government and Rural Development Department (LG and RDD), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and others. The accused persons were alleged for corruption and corrupt practices by rejecting the eligible contractors in sham process of technical evaluation and awarding the contract to blue eyed contractor at highly exorbitant rates and causing huge loss to state exchequer.

The fifth inquiry was authorized against Ameer Hamza Masood, Commandant Frontier Reserve Police. In this case, the accused person is allegedly involved for accumulation of assets beyond known sources of income while sixth inquiry was authorized against Muhammad Saleem Awan, Secretary, Food Balochistan and others.

In this case the accused person is alleged for awarding the contract of transportation/dispatching of government wheat procured in Naseerabad Division during 2014 without tender, standard procedures and misuse of authority.

The seventh inquiry was authorized against M/S ASI Traders - SBP reference under Section 31-D of NAO, loan default principal amount Rs. 9.553 million, Ref amount 14.783 million.

The Board Meeting also decided to re-authorize two inquiries. First inquiry against Mehboob Alam, Chief Executive GEPCO (BS-20) and others while second inquiry was re-authorized against officers/ officials of PDMA, M/S Toyota Zarghoon Motors and others.

The EBM also authorized two Complaint Verifications (CV) and first was against Dr. Hammad Shamidi, Director General (HR and Admn) NEPRA. In this case, the accused person alleged for corruption/ corrupt practices and illegally appointed many officers in NEPRA.

The second Complaint Verification was authorized against Chowdhry Muhammad Ali, Treasurer (BPS-20) Federal Urdu University, Karachi and others.

In this case, the accused persons were alleged for misuse of authority, violation of PPRA rules and allotted tenders to specific contractors who were relatives of the high-ups without advertisements.
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Date:Apr 15, 2015
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