RAWALPINDI: A local court on Friday sent five suspected fraudsters on five days physical remand in fake teacher’s appointments scandal in Rawalpindi, while superintendents of two teaching hospitals have been booked for issuing fake medical certificates to the teachers.
The police are looking for the arrest of others involved in the fraud scandal as well. Medical superintendent Holy Family Hospital and medical superintendent District Headquarters Hospital Rawalpindi are among 19 suspected persons mentioned in the FIR registered by the Civil Lines police.
The superintendents have refuted the allegations against them, and have said the signatures marked on certificates, though similar to their own, have not been signed by them .
There are 49 teachers in the case, including 14 female and 26 male teachers in Rawalpindi District, who were receiving salaries through fake appointments. Five officers at district account office, five bank managers and 11 other officers have gone underground to avoid arrest and have taken pre-arrest bails.
The police have started an investigation to recover salaries received from the teachers, amounting to Rs544,000.
Other suspects in the matter include managers at Habib Bank, city branch Rawalpindi and Mankiala branch; senior auditors Ahmed Din and Muhammad Pervez; Account Officer Dildar Hussain; Computer Operator Muqrara Hussain; many junior and senior officials of the accounts department; junior clerks Muhammad Riaz, Ajmal Khan, Saeed Tariq Mehmood, Saghir Qureshi, Tehseen; Senior Clerks Sardar Hanif and Mubashir Ahmed; Assistant Clerk Abdul Haq; peons Sarfraz Ahmed and Muhmmad Arshad, and others.
Those arrested thus far include Pervez, Tariq, Ajmal, Fayyaz and Zahurul Haq. The men have confessed to the allegations against them, but have accused officials of the education department as being responsible for the crime.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 20th, 2016.
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