LAHORE  -  The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore on Thursday arrested former vice chancellor (VC) of the Punjab University Dr Mujahid Kamran along with five ex-registrars over their alleged involvement in a case pertaining to illegal appointments.

Dr Kamran was arrested after he appeared before the NAB at its office in connection with investigation of a corruption case. Following his arrest, the ex-VC provided the bureau with information that resulted in the arrest of five former registrars as well, namely Dr Auranzeb, Alamgir, Dr Liaqat Ali, Dr Ras Saud and Amin Athar.

Kamran and others had been alleged for playing role in making over 500 illegal appointments at the Punjab University between the years 2013 and 2016 in grade 17 and above. A good number of appointments were made in lower grades. Kamran also relaxed HEC criteria and syndicate rulings while conducting selection boards to select faculty.

The former VC had illegally got promoted and appointed his wife Shazia Qureshi as the University Law College principal whom LHC reverted.

The VC had also awarded scholarships to his favourites, besides giving contracts to his blue-eyed people in violation of the PPRA rules. He allowed contractors to utilize university grounds for construction of Metro Bus.

The VC had also been alleged of issuing a fake degree to former premier Yousaf Raza Gillani’s son Abdul Qadir Gillani. He allowed LDA acquired university lands for construction of link road and extension of Bhekhewal Chowk illegally as a classic example of political bribe. Thus he secured his second and third consecutive terms.

The other arrestees had allegedly played an important role in making as many as 550 illegal appointments at the Punjab University. “The appointees were initially awarded a one-year contract and their services were regularised later on,” sources in NAB said. They added that more arrests were likely in the case as it was a huge illegal recruitments scam.

“All the accused will be presented before an accountability court on Friday (today), where the bureau will seek their physical remand.”

A NAB spokesperson confirmed the arrests; however, he refused to share further details saying that Supreme Court had barred the anti-corruption watchdog from sharing details of cases with the media. NAB on October 8, arrested the top former management of the Sargodha University, including its former vice chancellor Dr Muhammad Akram Chaudhry, registrar, chief executive officer (CEO) and director administration of both Lahore and Mandi Bahauddin sub-campuses over their alleged involvement in the establishment of illegal private campuses.

The Sargodha University officials were arrested after Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday directed the bureau to complete its inquiry into the affairs of the university’s sub-campuses within one week.