LAHORE - Director General, Anti Corruption Establishment (ACE), as chairman of the inquiry committee formed by chief minister Punjab, held preliminary inquiry into the alleged embezzlement of Rs 50 million committed in the purchase of angiography equipment for Nawaz Sharif Social Security Hospital (NSSSH) here, sources in ACE claimed on Monday. Inquiry committee comprised on DG ACE, Kazim Ali Malik (chairman) and two members Professor Dr Muhammad Azhar, Chief Executive of Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) and Irfan Ali, member CM Inspection Team (CMIT). The committee met on Monday and summoned the doctors concerned and recorded their statements in their defence. DG ACE was of the view that alleged embezzlement of Rs 50 million was committed in the procurement of angiography machines and their accessories. Since the management of Nawaz Sharif Hospital purchased the said machine at the cost of about Rs 90 million whereas the same machine was purchased by the management of PIC at the rate of Rs 40 million. Sources in the CM House said that the Chief Minister Secretariat was not happy with the inquiry initiated by DG ACE and a senior bureaucrat on a telephonic message told the DG that it was bringing bad name to Punjab government. Whereas DG was of the view that inquiry has no concern with the fame of Punjab government typically rather it was a matter of an individual officer who if have committed corruption he must be ready to face the consequences of the same. It is worth reporting that ACE inquiry team has taken the record of the NSSSH into its custody and asked the PIC to produce its record on Tuesday. Sources claimed that PIC management has sought time from the ACE authorities for the production of record regarding purchase of machine. They said that management of NSSSH in its verbal defence had taken the stance that cost difference between the both machines was due to the quality of the machines. On Tuesday (today), inquiry team will meet again and doctors and responsible of NSSSH have been summoned. It is also worth mentioning that inquiry committee would examine the record and submit its report to Punjab CM within stipulated time of three days. The scam surfaced when a PPP provincial minister claimed the same while addressing a press conference on Monday here.