ACE files cases against six officers over corruption charges

Daily Times

GUJRANWALA: The anti-corruption authority registered cases against six government officers including a town officer and assistant director of colleges over his alleged involvement in corruption and misconduct.
During a press briefing, the regional director Fareed Ahmed said that an advocate Yousaf Elahi filed an application that suggested involvement of a contractor namely Mansab Tarrar, along with Hafizabad municipal corporation town officer Anwar Bajwa, ATO Sarfraz Ahmed, Sub Engineer Waseem Ahmed using substandard material in the construction of railway road of Hafizabad and caused a huge financial loss to the government’s exchequer.
Meanwhile, a citizen Raja Zulfiqar alleged that Gujrat assistant director of colleges Muhammad Arshad Butt assumed the charge of AD colleges of Sialkot, fraudulently by a bogus recruitment letter. Moreover, he drew salaries for three months from Gujrat.
In another application, an official of anti-corruption alleged that a driver of anti-corruption office namely Riasat Ali took Rs5,000 from him to obtain a medical fitness report from DHQ Hospital.
The initial investigations suggested sufficient proof to register cases against the accused.
The Tax Bar Association (TBA) on Wednesday demanded an immediate transfer of officers who had worked in the regional tax office (RTO) of Gujranwala for more than three years.
The TBA president Ehsan Ullah Shamim presided over a meeting that expressed grave concerns over the ongoing situation of RTO.
The meeting remarked that many officers have violated the service rules by working in the same office for more than three years and caused a loss to the government’s exchequer.
Furthermore, the meeting was informed that a few officers have been working there for 15 years.
Besides, the members expressed solidarity with Hafizabad TBA that transferred Inland Revenue deputy commissioner outside of the division of Gujranwala.
The participants condemned the misconduct of DCIR towards tax counsels and taxpayers and said that an officer has been involved in nepotism and encouraged corrupt staff.
A man tortured his wife on Wednesday over an issue of low-priced dowry in Rahwali, a village in Gujranwala district.
While talking to the media at DHQ Hospital, 25-year-old Rimsha alleged that she was married to Ikram about four months ago. Her husband and in-laws often abused her over low-priced dowry items.
She revealed that her husband forced her to get money from her parents. However, he tortured her when she refused to do so.

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