Multi-million rupees scam: Suspend ICT circle registrar, court tells admin

Official accused of being behind fake housing society.

Obaid Abbasi September 13, 2012


The Islamabad Capital Territory’s (ICT) circle registrar will be suspended for his involvement in a multi-million rupee scam.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday directed the Islamabad Chief Commissioner Tariq Mehmood Pirzada to suspend Malik Deen and submit an inquiry report by the end of September. Deen will be suspended first thing on Thursday (today), Pirazada told The Express Tribune later on Wednesday. ICT Deputy Commissioner (DC) Amir Ali Ahmed was also present during the hearing.

Asad Malik, the petitioner, told the court that he purchased plots in 2005 in a private housing society Gulberg Safari from a private firm, Leo International, for Rs7.1 million. The company, he alleged, was run by Deen.

When he found out that the company was fake and there was no such housing project, he tried to get his money back. But the circle registrar ordered that the company account be frozen. Malik’s counsel said that Deen was appointed to his current post years ago, but no senior official dare remove him due to his connections.

DC Ahmed told the court they had tried taking action against Deen previously, but he took stay orders from courts.

The court ordered that Deen be suspended and directed DC Ahmed to conduct an inquiry and submit a report by the end of September.

The court also issued notices to Deen, registrar cooperative society and administrator co-operative farming society Muhammad Hanif over a separate petition seeking inquiry against them and sought their comments.

The petitioner, Mian Sardar Ali, maintained that the circle registrar had dealt unfairly with his case.

He informed the court he had deposited most of the money for his plots to the
society along with others, but development work had not been initiated, nor was he given possession of the land.

He prayed to the court to direct the respondents to initiate development work and give them possession of the plots.

The court directed DC Ahmed to look into the matter.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 13th, 2012. 

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