LAHORE - The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has started regular inquiry against Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood Khan on corruption charges, official sources told The Nation.

NAB spokesman said that the decision was taken in bureau’s Executive Board Meeting (EBM) chaired by Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudry at NAB Headquarters on Thursday.

Though NAB was already investigating the case but it was in verification stage and now the board has allowed the Punjab chapter of the bureau to convert it into a regular inquiry, he added. The NAB in recent past had announced launch of investigations against Rana Mashhood who in a video appeared negotiating with Asim Malik, the owner of an infamous visa consultancy firm ‘Future Concern’, about funding to ruling PML-N.

NAB also declared it will probe corruption in the Punjab Youth Festival 2014 and entries of ‘fake records’ in the Guinness Book of World Records.

To a question the spokesman said that NAB already had some record but now it will seek more record from the provincial minister and his staff. About the arrest of Rana Mashhood, he said that it was premature to talk about the arrest since the case was in an early stage.

The Executive Board also authorized four other investigations. First investigation was authorised against M/s Reshma Power Generation (Pvt) Limited and others namely Water & Power Ex-Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, Ex-Secretary Shahid Rafi and others.

In this case, the accused persons were alleged for corruption, corrupt practices and misuse of authority in award of 220MW Rental Power project (RPP) contract to M/S Reshma Power Generation Limited (RPGL) near Manga – Raiwind Road, LESCO area, causing loss of Rs892.609 million to the national exchequer.

Second investigation was authorised against M/s Young Gen Power Ltd. Raja Pervez Ashraf, Shahid Rafi, PEPCO MD Fazal Ahmad Khan, NPGCL Ex-CEO Rafiq Butt, NPGCL Ex-Finance Director Ejaz Babar and others. The accused were alleged for corruption, corrupt practices and misuse of authority in award of 150MW Rental Power Project (RPP) Contract to M/s Young Gen Power Ltd at Satiyana Road, Faisalabad. This caused loss of Rs435.7 million to the national exchequer.

Third investigation was authorised against officers/officials of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan (AWKUM) namely Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Ihsan Ali, Ex-Registrar Prof Sher Ali Khan, Ex-Director Planning & Development Dr Muhammad Amin, Ex-Controller Examination Pir Abdul Jabbar and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for misuse of authority for allegedly appointing 700 employees (BS 1-16) and BS-17 and above both in teaching and non-teaching cadres without completion of legal formalities.

Fourth investigation was authorised against officers/officials of Sindh Board of Revenue (BOR), Land Utilisation Department (LUD), CDGK and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for fake allotment of an amenity plot (6 acres) in Deh Dih Na Class 24 by tempering documents and illegal change of land from industrial to industrial/residential without approval from chief minister. This caused loss of Rs200 million to the national exchequer.

The EBM also approved the Plea Bargain (PB) request of Syed Masoom Shah, Special Assistant to KP Ex-CM in assets beyond known sources of income case amounting to Rs258.75 million. Furthermore, it decided to authorise Complaint Verification against officers/officials of FBR in issuance and subsequent withdrawal of Circular No. 6 of 2009 as well as SRO 1003 of 2011 issued by FBR.