Islamabad - Six doctors of Polyclinic and other officials accused of causing a huge loss to the national exchequer in the purchase of medical gases have agreed to voluntarily return an amount of Rs10.7 million, a senior FIA official said.

“The six doctors who were part of the hospital’s purchase committee have surrendered an amount of Rs10.7 million to the government before a court while they have also agreed to return the remaining embezzled amount,” a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior also confirmed.

On the directives of the Supreme Court, the FIA’s anti-corruption circle on September 1 registered a case against nine accused - six doctors of the hospital, a section officer of the CADD ministry and two contractors for their involvement in the purchase of medical gases from 2013 to 2016.

According to an FIA report submitted before the Supreme Court on September 6, the six doctors along with two contractors and the section officer caused losses of Rs31.07 million to the public exchequer in purchase and supply of medical gases while approving exorbitant rates to two private firms.

Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali had taken suo moto notice on an application of four doctors of Polyclinic and a contractor who had alleged gross misappropriation in their complaint.

The complainants had highligted that Dr Iftikhar Ahmed Naru, the then Deputy Executive Director of the hospital and his wife Rubina Iftikar Naru were partners to the Crescent Traders and Business Developer, the contractors for the supply of gases to the hospital.

The report says that contractors Malik Rehmat Manzoor of M/S Business Developers and Rana Mehmood Ahmed of M/S Crescent Traders were also alleged partners in corruption with the purchase committee.

The nine accused include Dr Zulkafil Sabir (Chairman Purchase Committee), Dr Iftikhar Ahmed Naru, Dr Azmat Hamayun Khan Sumbal, Dr Farrukh Iqbal, Dr Fayyaz Ahmed Sheikh, Dr Zahid Hussain, then Executive Director of Polyclinic, section officer Farhan Sikandar, and contractors Malik Rehmat Manzoor and Rana Mehmood Ahmed of M/S Crescent Traders.

After registration of a case, eight accused were arrested on September 1 except for Dr Zahid Hussain who has retired.

Meanwhile, the FIA on the instruction of the Ministry of Interior registered a case on Thursday against Khurram Hamrani, CEO of Pak Armouring Karachi, for illegally retrofitting bullet-proof vehicles and commissioning the use of 92 vehicles on the basis of fake no objection certificates.

 It is expected that officials who helped the CEO in doing this illegal business would soon be exposed, the spokesman of the Ministry of Interior said.

 He said that the FIA would also o seize all 92 vehicles illegally retrofitted by the company.