PESHAWAR: Accountability court judge Ibrahim Khan on Friday issued notices to former Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) inspector general of police (IGP) Malik Naveed and nine other officials accused in a Rs2.03 billion embezzlement case, summoning them to appear before the court on April 1.
After arresting five people over the course of its investigation, the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) K-P chapter had finally filed a complete reference in Khan’s court on Tuesday alleging that the named officials had taken kickbacks during 2008 and 2010 while procuring weapons and other ammunition for the police department.
The government had approved the purchase, upgrading of weapons and equipment for its use to counter the deteriorating law and order in K-P. Therefore, Rs7 billion was released by the federal and provincial governments for recruitment, training of police personnel and procurement of weapons and equipment.
Apart from the former police chief, the big names accused by the NAB include Frontier Constabulary (FC) Commandant Abdul Majeed Khan, former additional IGP Operations Abdul Latif Khan, Central Police Office (CPO) DIG Sajid Ali Khan, ex-DIG Headquarters Muhammad Suleman Khan, former budget officer of the police department Javed Khan, former CPO Establishment AIG Kashif Alam, former Telecommunications DIG Sadiq Kamal Orakzai, as well as Raza Ali Khan, a relative of former chief minister Amir Haider Hoti and Hoti’s brother Amir Ghazan Hoti.
Despite offering to pay Rs80 million for his release, the former IG, Malik Naveed, is considered the primary accused in the case and remains in Central Prison Peshawar since his arrest late last year.