NAB authorises six probes against revenue officials, others

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The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) authorised six investigations, said the spokesman for the anti-corruption watchdog’s Karachi office on Thursday. He said a regional board meeting (RBM) was held at the NAB office under the chairmanship of the director general of the bureau in Karachi. The meeting was attended by the directors of three investigation wings with investigation teams working on the six cases as well as the legal wing and experts. The meeting approved investigations against officers of the revenue department for making fake and forged entries in the revenue record, with respect to Deh Songal, Scheme-33, Karachi, which involve 75 acres of precious government land. The revenue officials, prima facie, in connivance with private persons, maintained the bogus entries with respect to state land in order to illegally favour certain private individuals, by showing the entries as maintained in 1970s, by way of forgery, the spokesman said in a statement. The investigation against the revenue authorities of District Hyderabad will look into the findings established through an earlier inquiry regarding the illegal sale of an amenity plot, which was a municipal playground (government land) located on a main road of Hyderabad. Revenue officials, in connivance with two private persons, Allah Dino Khokhar and Allahuddin Samoo, managed the sale of eight acres of the amenity plot to the private persons on the basis of bogus revenue documents. The matter was recommended to the NAB headquarters, Islamabad, for conversion into an investigation against one Shehzad Yousuf and his accomplices on the charges of cheating public at large. The accused, Shehzad Yousuf, was arrested and remanded to NAB Karachi on March 17, 2018. The accused had been impersonating and falsely presenting himself as assistant director of NAB under various names and used to extort money from various persons on the false promise of getting them relief in bogus cases. He thus blackmailed several innocent persons and government officials, particularly of the local government departments of Punjab and Sindh. Several complainants have recorded their statements and submitted their claims of Rs13 million defrauded by the accused. The DG NAB, at the end of the board meeting, said tha tunder the able guidance of Chairman NAB Justice Javed Iqbal, NAB reiterated its resolve to proceed against the corrupt elements and deal with them with an iron hand.

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