Graft charges: Former K-P police chief nabbed for corruption

Pakistan on 21 November 2013
Location : Islamabad | Source : Express Tribune. Image Source: Express Tribune

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday arrested former chief of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) police for allegedly misappropriating over seven billion rupees in arms deals.

The corruption watchdog had been investigating the accusations against Malik Naveed for embezzlement, kickbacks and misuse of authority.

The former inspector general of police would be presented before the court on Thursday and his physical remand obtained, NAB officials said.

“The accused, in connivance with other senior police officers and members of purchase committee, caused a loss of Rs1.8 billion to the national exchequer in just one of the deals,” said a NAB official.

A NAB handout stated that the corruption watchdog has also arrested two co-accused – Arshad Majeed who is a contractor, and Javed Khan, a budget officer. Majeed opted for ‘voluntary return’ (VR) and deposited Rs102 million to NAB.

The NAB inquiry revealed that gross violation of procurement rules were committed by the purchase committee while awarding tenders to their favourite contractors who had no previous experience of supplying the items tendered.

The bureau had authorised inquiry against police officers of the K-P and other officials in 2009-10 on allegations of purchasing of arms, ammunition and vehicles for the force.

His case, also tried earlier two years ago, was revived as part of the NAB chairman’s initiative to review pending cases. An accountability court had ordered Naveed’s release on October 10, 2011, after he was detained in a reference filed by NAB.

As Commandant Constabulary FC, he was accused of misusing his authority and illegally recruiting more than 400 personnel. After conducting the tests and interviews, the recruitment body had prepared a list of 776 recommended candidates with an additional 183 in the reserve list.

As Naveed admitted, he had relaxed protocols to accommodate the recruitments that were not authorised by the committee thus making 400 illegal recruitments.

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