MULTAN: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman retired Justice Javed Iqbal has extended the suspension of three officers from Multan NAB office for taking a Rs10.5 million bribe.
According to a NAB notification issued on August 27, the suspension period of additional director Ahmed Mumtaz Bajwa and assistant directors Ali Arslan and Faisal Manzoor was extended till October 24 under Section 11.4 of the NAB Employees’ Terms and Conditions of Service 2002.
Additional NAB director Masood Ahmed wrote on August 26 to the three officers to appear before a probe committee from August 28 to 30.
The committee, consisting of Mr Ahmed and the NAB Sukkur director general, summoned over dozen witnesses, officials and complainant but Mr Bajwa and Mr Arslan did not appear before the committee.
Sources said Manzoor, Aleem Liaquat (investigation officer of the case), Shahid Mehmood (the case officer) and Qaisar Mehmood (then in charge of NAB intelligence wing) got recorded their statements while a session of cross examination with the complainant was also held.
In his complaint to the NAB chairman against four officers of NAB Multan — Bajwa, Arsalan, Manzoor and Aleem Liaquat – Bahawalpur Highways Department Executive Engineer (EXEN) Farrukh Mumtaz stated that during the wheat procurement season of 2017, Bajwa asked his brother Tanvir Nusrat Warraich, the Bahawalpur district food inspector, to accommodate mill owner Rana Luqman, who had demanded 10,000 gunny bags. Later on, they were implicated in cases and arrested despite paying bribe. He requested the NAB chairman to take action against the officers and private people involved in the case.