LAHORE: In an ongoing crackdown against illegal housing societies in the metropolis, National Accountability Bureau Lahore (NAB) arrested Public Health Engineering Cooperative Housing Society President Malik Sajjad Haider over allegations of misuse of authority.
During the course of the investigation, it was revealed that the accused was also involved in ‘China Cutting’ of the society plots.
A day earlier (Wednesday), NAB arrested three others allegedly involved in malpractices at the Public Health Engineering Cooperative Housing Society case. The accused were identified as former president Dr Muhammad Shafiq, ex-secretary general Mian Aslam and ex-office clerk Sheikh Rashid Mehmood. The accused were allegedly involved in corruption, cheating the public at large and alleged financial embezzlement.
Malik Sajjad Haider made illegal allotments without proper approval from the management committee’s annual general meeting of registrar cooperatives, NAB claimed. It added the accused, in connivance with others, illegally and by means of forgery, tampered official records and allotted plots to their benamidars. Hence, more than 50 plots were transferred anonymously to favoured persons. NAB said Haider also embezzled hefty amounts from official funds designated for development work. An accountability court has remanded Malik Sajjad Haider into NAB custody till June 28.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 15th, 2018.