LAHORE  - Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) Assistant Director Zahid Masud Nizami was transferred from Faisalabad Circle to DG Khan on the direction of Special Court Anti-Corruption, as he showed negligence in investigation process, sources in the S&GAD disclosed on Thursday.

Meanwhile, another officer of Punjab Irrigation Department (PID) posted on deputation as Director Technical in the ACE was repatriated to his parent organisation (Irrigation Department) over corruption charges.

ACE Director General Anwer Rasheed confirmed it and reiterated that there was no place for corrupt and inefficient officers in the organisation. Such officers should be charge sheeted, the ACE DG held.

Rasheed took this action on complaints against the ACE Director Technical and ordered the PID department to initiate departmental action against the said officer.

It was alleged that the said officer Ch Saeed, an Irrigation Department Superintendent Engineer (SE) was posted as ACE Director Technical who was allegedly involved in malpractice of demanding bribes from officers on the name of the ACE DG.

Responding to a query why the ACE has repatriated the officer to his parent department instead of initiating action against him under the Anti Corruption Act, the DG said that there was no proper application against the said officer so the officer was sent to the parent organisation. He said that there were complaints against the said officer who wanted to indulge others into the dirty act of bribery. The moment he came to know about his acts, he surrendered his services, the DG held.

An S&GAD officer conditioning anonymity said that the ACE was lacking staff and officers from other services like DMG, PMS or PSP to serve in the establishment for reasons known to all. He said that though deputation rules had been strictly observed while posting officers into the establishment but some circles manage the things and inefficient and corrupt officers get induction into the most sensitive organisation.

He said that legal, technical and investigation officers were posted in the ACE from other services. This time, he said, two posts of directors, over twenty seats of deputy directors, many assistant directors (AD), ADs legal and technical had been lying vacant in the ACE that badly affected its investigation.

The officer said that the Punjab government wanted to establish an Anti Corruption Department as a separate entity from the existing Anti Corruption Establishment, and pass a new bill from the assembly that would replace the Prevention of Corruption Act 1947 and Anti Corruption Establishment Ordinance 1961. As per the draft of the purposed Punjab Anti Corruption Act 2013, he said, there will be a separate secretary for the new department. The secretary will be a grade 20/21 officer from PAS/PMS/ PSP and the DG will be a grade 20 officer from the same services. He said that a committee comprising the ACE director general, home secretary and others was also constituted during start of this year that recommended overhauling of the existing ACE. But later, another committee looked into the matter and it was decided to set up a separate department through the Punjab Anti Corruption Act 2013.