FIA unearths millions of rupees worth of tax fraud

Published: April 6, 2014
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Nabs seven accused, including two FBR officials, who siphoned off tax paid by Pakistan Railways. CREATIVE COMMON

Nabs seven accused, including two FBR officials, who siphoned off tax paid by Pakistan Railways. CREATIVE COMMON

LAHORE: 

Two men allegedly in connivance with officials of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) have siphoned off millions of rupees that the Pakistan Railways paid in income tax and withholding tax for depositing in the FBR’s account, investigation shows.

After this multi-million-rupee fraud came to the knowledge of Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, he contacted Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who asked the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to launch a probe, sources familiar with the developments told The Express Tribune.

The FIA’s Anti-corruption Circle police station registered a case against the accused involved in misappropriation of the Pakistan Railways’ money, which was credited from the organisation’s account for depositing in the account of FBR’s commissioner of Inland Revenue.

Later, the FIA nabbed seven accused, who were identified as Muhammad Jamil, Muhammad Bilal, Muhammad Sudhir, Upper Divisional Clerk (UDC) of Inland Revenue, Lahore, Muhammad Atiqur Rehman, UDC Inland Revenue, Syed Imtiaz Ali, Officer Grade-II of NBP Baghbanpura branch Lahore, Arif Ali, Officer Grade-II of NBP Baghbanpura branch and Irshad Ahmed.

They embezzled government’s funds by submitting fake cheques for the transfer of money into the accounts of the two swindlers, said a member of the FIA’s investigation team, headed by Anti-corruption Circle Deputy Director Khalid Anees.

Inspector Syed Nayyerul Hassan Tirmizi, Inspector Riaz Khan and Inspector Javed Sultan were members of the investigation team.

During the course of investigation as well as examination of record, it was unearthed that about Rs15 million had been misappropriated in complicity with the managers of NBP Baghbanpura branch. This amount was transferred into the accounts of Muhammad Jamil and Muhammad Bilal, instead of the commissioner of Inland Revenue.

According to initial investigations, until December 2012 the Pakistan Railways as per prescribed procedure credited the amount of income tax and withholding tax and deposited it in the account of commissioner of Inland Revenue.

However, in January 2013, the FBR authorities changed the procedure. Under the new system, a representative of the Inland Revenue, equipped with an authority letter, would receive the cheque for tax payment from the Pakistan Railways and deposit it in the FBR’s account.

Investigations revealed that some fake authority letters were used while committing the fraud and the accused inflicted a huge loss to the national exchequer, FIA Punjab Director Dr Usman Anwar told The Express Tribune.

The actual loss caused by the scam would be determined after the entire record was received from the Pakistan Railways, Inland Revenue and NBP, he said.

The FIA has sought the record for the period January 2013 to date for reconciliation, examination and estimating the actual loss.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 6th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Ayub Parvaiz Of Agra India
    Apr 6, 2014 - 3:24AM

    Tax Fraud By F B R , The Tax Collecting Agency Of Pakistan .

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  • Ajab Khan Baloch
    Apr 6, 2014 - 8:49AM

    The Chief Commissioner, The Commissioner ,Additional Commissioner and the Dy Commissioner of Inland Revenue of that Zone should be suspended for negligence. Who was monitoring the tax deduction and collection.Once again a total failure of FBR has surfaced

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  • Parvez
    Apr 6, 2014 - 3:03PM

    ……and the guilt will get promoted or at worst ‘ suspended ‘ with full benefits and told to cool off in their villas in Dubai, to get ready for another round in a few years.

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Apr 6, 2014 - 3:10PM

    The good part in the story is that the incumbent Minister for Railways, Khwaja Saad Rafique, has taken immediate action upon uncovering of this fraud, unlike his predecessors Ghulam Ahmed Bilour during PPP (having vested interest in trucking business) and Gen Ashraf Qazi during Musharraf (having vested interest in NLC) who led the near-debacle of Pakistan Railway.
    We foresee the revival of glorious days of Pakistan Railway InshaAllah!

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