Investigations begins against NICVD Karachi over corruption charges

ARY News

KARACHI: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Karachi launched a probe against the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) Karachi over corruption charges.
The bureau sent a letter to the to the executive director of NICVD notifying initiation of an inquiry against the provincial government-owned institution including its officers and officials and others under Section 19 read with 27 of National Accountability Ordinance of 1999.
Furthermore, the anti-corruption watchdog ordered the concerned officials of the institute to appear before it on Monday (September 17) along with all relevant records.
The NAB revealed that the executive director of NICVD was in “possession of information/evidence whatsoever, which relates to the commission of the offence(s)”, the letter reads.
Moreover, the accountability bureau has asked for complete documents in original and certified copies of the following record:
• Structural formation of NICVD
• The history and Act under which NICVD works
• Year-wise sanctioned strength and appointments made in different cadres including regular, contractual, contingency and daily wages based posts the during last 10 years
• Details of appointments in different cadres the during last 10 years
• Pay structure of different grades
• Annual budget details and expenditure during the last 10 years
• Details of procurement including drugs, machinery etc.
• Internal, external and third-party audit reports of last 10 years.
Earlier, ARY News reported on Friday, a team of National Accountability Bureau officials raided the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Karachi.
A team of five members from the bureau examined records of NICVD’s accounts, administration and OPD blocks.
The NAB team examined records at the hospital’s HR department, which were later taken into the custody by the anti-graft body.
Earlier this month, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar made surprise visits to three hospitals in Karachi, including NICVD.

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