Seven officials suspended for land fraud

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TOBA TEK SINGH: Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mohsin Rashid suspended from service on Wednesday seven officials for land fraud.
They included Pirmahal revenue girdawar Khalid Amin, revenue patwari of Chak 312-GB and 327-GB area Munshi Sajjad Hussain, DC office’s copying section clerk Mazhar Hussain, DC office’s settlement clerk (presently posted in Gojra assistant commissioner (AC) office) Adeel Maqbool, DC office’s head clerk of settlement branch (also already under suspension in another case) Maqbool Ahmad Shad, Pirmahal AC office’s junior clerk Tahir Hussain and Pirmahal AC office naib qasid Muhammad Zahid Zahoor.
After information sent to the DC by Pirmahal AC Syed Jamil Haider on June 22 that 62 state acres in Chak Nos 312-GB and 327-GB in Pirmahal were transferred to a few people of Layyah district by the revenue department through an order received from the Punjab Board of Revenue on March 3 without getting verification of this letter from the board. When he got verified the order from the PbBoR, it was revealed that no such order was issued.
The AC apprised the DC the land worth Rs60 million had been retrieved from the possession of accused persons and had been given to two lumberdars of both villages as caretakers. The AC recommended initiation of departmental as well as criminal actions against the private people and also government officials under the relevant provision of law.
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The DC constituted an inquiry committee, headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner (revenue) Rizwan Mahmood Chohan, to ascertain facts. The committee reported to the DC that besides the seven officials, some PbBoR officials were also involved in the land fraud.
The DC also wrote to the Faisalabad Anti-Corruption Establishment director to register a case against the seven suspended officials and also requested Punjab settlement commissioner to take action against involved officials of the BoR.

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