Crime and punishment: Anti-corruption dept arrests officials of various departments

NAB also arrests perpetrator of a money grabbing scam

Ppi/APP/our Correspondents August 26, 2015
NAB also arrests perpetrator of a money grabbing scam. STOCK IMAGE

LARKANA/ HYDERABAD/ KARACHI: The anti-corruption department arrested on Wednesday officials of the education, excise and taxation and health departments.

According to official sources, Ghulam Shabir, the former town health officer, Kotdiji, of the Khairpur Mirs district, the then education ADO of Lyari, Kareem Burdi, and excise inspector Arif Shamim are among the few who have been on charges of embezzlement.

Food minister Manzoor Wasan said that he has referred the names of 73 corrupt officials in his department to the anti-corruption department and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). "These officials have bungled an amount of more than Rs90 million and I hope NAB and the anti-corruption department will take action against them," remarked Wasan, who has also served as the home minister.

There were reports that NAB officials raided the office of the finance additional secretary and arrested some officials for corruption but the NAB spokesperson and the finance secretary did not confirm the report.

'Profit-making' scam

NAB Karachi office did, however, arrest Shah Abdul Rahim on Wednesday. Rahim, who was the main agent of Sunland Crops Care in Karachi, deceived a large number of people from Mansehra in Abbottabad and the adjoining areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as Karachi.

He collected huge investments from the general public and agents, before disappearing after giving a few months worth of profit.

With his uncles, Ehsan Shah Shirazi and Syed Azhar Hussain Shirazi, Rahim deceived people on the pretext that the firm dealt in fertilisers and pesticides. The directors of the firm, Rahim's uncles, along with their agent and nephew, Shah Abdul Qadir, were arrested on May 15.

Shah Rafiuddin, who has been collecting investments from the people of KP, has already been arrested by NAB Karachi. He has been interrogated thoroughly by the Combined Investigation Team, where during the interrogation, he gave the locations of the remaining absconders.

Rahim fled the province in order to avoid arrest, forcing NAB Karachi to create a special team to arrest him. He was arrested in a house rented by his relatives in North Karachi.

Larkana tapedar held

The anti-corruption court, Larkana, awarded on Wednesday a three-year imprisonment, with a fine of Rs20,000, to the former tapedar of Ratodero, Gul Machi, and sent him to jail. Machi received Rs76,800 in revenue fee between 2008 and 2009 from a landlord of Zageja Deh and pocketed the money instead of depositing it in the government treasury.

An FIR No 12/2014 under section 409 was registered against him in 2012 by Larkana's anti-corruption circle officer, Muhammad Paryal Morio. Gul was on bail and was sent to Larkana Central Prison after the court's verdict.

Impersonator arrested

Similarly, a man impersonating an excise inspector was arrested by the A-Section police from Latifabad in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

A police spokesperson said that the suspect, Muhammad Anwar Mahesar, was arrested when he stopped a car on Auto Bahn Road and asked the driver to show him the car documents. The spokesperson claimed that Mahesar would demand money from motorists who failed to produce the relevant documents. The police also recovered a fake challan book from the possession of the suspect.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 27th, 2015. 


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