ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency has asked the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology to take action against its three officials for their alleged involvement in illegal transfer Rs150 million to a private account.
The scam surfaced at the Islamabad campus of the university in July earlier this year, but the top management has spent much of the time passing the buck.
The said amount was allegedly transferred from a university account to a private account without bringing it to the top management’s attention. Five university employees, involved in opening the bank account, were suspended following an inquiry. The accused have been staging a sit-in every day since then for having been ‘illegally’ suspended.
The FIA investigation report available with The Express Tribune states that the probe was initiated on complaint of the university’s registrar.
The report finds “no embezzlement” in the accounts of the university maintained in a bank in Sector H-9.
“However, Director Accounts Asim Bukhari, Deputy Registrar Shah G. Muhammad and Private Secretary of VC Rasheed Bangash were found responsible for signing the application for opening an account without approval from the VC,” the report states.
The report further revealed that Bukhari was found responsible for opening the account and allegedly had also given verbal instructions to the manager of a private bank to transfer Rs150 million. The said amount was transferred from the varsity’s day-to-day affairs account.
About the role of the three staffers involved in the transfer, the FIA found that all of them had jointly opened the account and let the bank transfer the amount without the approval of competent authority and the VC.
“It is recommended to take departmental action against the delinquent officers under intimation to this agency,” the report concluded.
When contacted, VC Zafar Iqbal said they would take action as per the ordinance of the university. “The action could be demotion, transfer or any other action recommended by the syndicate (governing body) of the varsity,” he remarked.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 27th, 2014.