Embezzlement of Rs 80m
through fake bank stamps in Mandi Bahauddin
Only Rs 5m recovered despite LHC order
From Our Correspondent
MANDI BAHAUDDIN: Despite orders of the Lahore High Court, Assistant Commissioner Shahid Imran Marth has recovered only a meagre amount of Rs five million, out of total Rs 80 million embezzled by patwaris through submitting challan forms bearing fake bank stamps.
A citizen submitted an application to the Lahore High Court, stating that the fee amounting to Rs 80 million had been misappropriated by patwaris. The LHC ordered an inquiry into the matter. After an inquiry, the Revenue Department suspended patwaris, including Nazir Shah, Muhammad Iqbal and Raja Amanullah. It was revealed that Raja Amanullah had embezzled Rs 30 million by submitting challan forms bearing fake bank stamps.
Raja Amanullah purchased property with the misappropriated amount at Mauza Sohawa Bolani, but no one checked the practice of the blue-eyed official. The revenue officers allegedly assisted Raja Amanullah in selling his property and fleeing to Dubai without any recovery. After the first hearing in LHC on August 12, the Revenue Department sacked Patwaris Muhammad Iqbal and Nazir Shah while suspended Gardawars Muhammad Inayat, Ghulam Farid and Patwaris Mian Barkat, Ali Ahmad, Safdar Ali. The next hearing of the case in LHC is September 26.
Sources revealed that the Revenue Department had restored some blue-eyed officials, including Gardawar Ghulam Farid and Patwari Sanaullah who had alleged staged the drama of burning the record of Mauza Wasoo to conceal the embezzlement amounting to millions of rupees. They added that the District Accounts Office had confirmed the embezzlement of Rs 2.4 million by Patwaris Nazir Shah, Rs 400,000 by Muhammad Inayat and Muhammad Iqbal. They disclosed that the Revenue Department was forcing officials to ensure recovery, while no action was being taken against the accused. Social circles have appealed to Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif to take notice of the corruption and award an exemplary punishment to the accused who plundered the national exchequer during the last 10 years.