LAHORE-The provincial bureaucracy has dragged Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer into a controversy by notifying a policy document in his name by which the orders of the Punjab Chief Minister empowering Chairperson, Punjab Privatisation Board (PPB), to review the leasing process of land for petrol pumps and CNG stations have been reversed. The CM had earlier issued these orders to ensure transparency in the leasing process, but the top bureaucrats in the Board of Revenue (BOR), withdrew these powers of the Chairman PPB through a policy document which was never sent to the Governor, but was notified in his name. Visibly, the orders of the Punjab CM were reversed to safeguard the interests of influential people who get State land on lease to set up petrol pumps and CNG stations through a process which is not considered transparent. By doing so, an impression was given that Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer had signed the policy document, which, as a matter of fact, was never sent to him. Official sources told TheNation that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had directed the Punjab Privatisation Board to take cognizance of malpractices, if any, and review all lease contracts for petrol pumps and CNG stations awarded by different departments in violation of rules. Talking to TheNation, Chairman, Liquidation Board, Nazar Chohan, also holding additional charge of PPB, confirmed that BOR had relieved him of the overall responsibility which the Chief Minister had entrusted to him regarding review of the lease contracts. Chohan said that under the changed situation, he could only take action when a complaint is lodged with the PPB. He also clarified that Punjab Governor had no role in reversal of CMs orders in question, given the fact that all orders of the provincial government are notified in the name of Governor under the rules, but they are not necessarily sent to him for approval. When contacted for his version, Punjab Governor, Salmaan Taseer termed reports of his involvement into the controversy as rubbish and part of a propaganda campaign launched against him by the Punjab government, and a section of media. I have nothing to do with the affairs of Privatisation Board or the lease of state land, and the controversial policy document was never sent to me for approval, Taseer said in categorical terms. He said a futile attempt was also made earlier by the Punjab government to involve him in the alleged murder plot of Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif, but nobody was ready to own the controversial CID report when a high-level inquiry was conducted by FIA to ascertain its veracity. Giving details about the CM orders, which now stand reversed, Chairman PPB further told this scribe that Punjab CM had shown his concern a number of leases of petrol pumps and CNG stations had been awarded by different provincial and district department through irregular process, and which needed to be reviewed. The new notification, he added, had left him powerless to proceed against the offenders.