KARACHI: The Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) has registered 72 FIRs, initiated 209 inquiries and arrested 52 officers of different departments on the charges of corruption, embezzlement and misappropriation of government funds in a time span of two months.
This was revealed during a briefing of ACE Chairman Syed Mumtaz Shah to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah at the CM House in Karachi on Sunday.
The chairman said he has received more than 40 inquiries from the National Accountability Bureau and Federal Investigation Agency relating to forgeries and criminal acts in the land allotment, revenue and local government.
The chief minister in turn directed the chairman to resolve them accordingly.
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Elaborating, Mumtaz Shah said three officials were nabbed in Karachi South from four raids since July 22, 2015, and four FIRs were registered against them. In Karachi East, six FIRs were registered and five accused were held. Similarly, in Karachi West, two FIRs were registered, 26 inquiries initiated and four persons were arrested.
He furthered that four surprise visits and three raids were carried out in different departments of Hyderabad wherein 17 officers were arrested against as many FIRs registered against them.
In Jamshoro, seven raids were conducted following nine FIRs and 46 inquiries while eight officers of different grades were arrested.
Similarly, in Mirpurkhas, four surprise visits and seven raids were conducted wherein four officers were arrested following registration of eight FIRs. In Benazirabad, eight surprise visits and two raids were conducted. In Sukkur, five surprise visits and six raids were conducted, wherein nine officers were arrested following the registration of 13 FIRs and 24 inquiries against them.
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Also, in Larkana, 12 officers were arrested following the registration of 13 FIRs and 135 inquiries against them.
Responding to a question, the ACE chairman said commissioners held five meetings wherein 37 matters of Karachi West, 50 of district Jamshoro, 14 of Benazirabad, 14 of Sukkur and 213 of Larkana were decided, totaling up to 328 cases of five district. This, according to him, had set a record in expeditiously investigating and deciding the cases.
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