LAHORE: After arresting former Director-General of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Ahad Cheema, the country’s top-graft buster is now investigating former Director-General of Punjab Public Relations Raja Jahangir Anwar who is also Secretary of Information of Punjab.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summoned details of Jahangir from the provincial government and sent a letter to the Chief Secretary of Punjab. Jahangir is a grade 18 officer who inhabits the seat of a grade 20 officer. Multiple officers in the Public Relations office were senior to Jahangir but worked under his directions.
Sources reveal that the inquiry is instated over allegations of corruption and misuse of authority and official designation. Jahangir has been directed to provide all records related to the corruption.
Jahangir was endowed with two official public offices. NAB’s inquiry is lodged with regards to Jahangir’s DGPR tenure.
Previously, NAB arrested Cheema and revealed sufficient evidence to prove the accused’s involvement in the commission of offences as defined under Section 9(a) and Schedule of the National Accountability Ordinance 1999.
NAB had said Punjab Land Development Company (PLDC) (owned by government of Pakistan) through an agreement dated 20.01.2015 assigned the Project of Ashiana-e-lqbal (a low cost housing project of the Punjab government) to LDA.
Accused Ahad Khan Cheema, being an LDA director general, through misuse of authority and with criminal intent processed and awarded the contract of Rs14 billion Ashiana-e-lqbal project to Lahore CASA Developers, a joint venture which was ineligible for the contract. The contract, in connivance with other accused persons, was awarded in violation of PPP Act, 2014.
NAB further said their inquiry further revealed that Bismillah Engineering Services Co (a major shareholder of JV titled Lahore CASA Developers) was a proxy firm working on behalf of Paragon City (Pvt) Ltd.
Accused Cheema received illegal gratification in the form of 32 kanals of land (valuing Rs30.090 million approximately from the owners of Paragon City (Pvt) Ltd.