Rawalpindi -  Commissioner Nadim Aslam Chaudhry on Thursday suspended Naib Tehsildar Malik Javed following serious corruption charges levelled against him by local land owners, the sources said.

The commissioner took notice of a protest demonstration held recently by the land owners outside his office, who alleged that the newly-posted Naib Tehsildar Malik Javed demanded money from them while registering land and refused to sign land transfer documents without bribes, they said.

The commissioner had directed Assistant Commissioner Revenue Aqeel Khan to hold an inquiry into the allegations levelled against Malik. During the inquiry, three land revenue officers (patwaris) appeared before Aqeel Khan and recorded their statements. The revenue officers told Aqeel that Malik was involved in corruption and forced them to take money from land owners for transferring the land or issuing other documents.

In his inquiry report, Aqeel Khan declared Malik Javed guilty and recommended departmental action against him. The commissioner, in light of the inquiry report, placed Naib Tehsildar Malik Javed under suspension with immediate effects.

Talking to The Nation, the Naib Tehsildar confirmed his suspension but rebuffed allegations levelled against him. He said that he was legally not authorised to pass any transfer order of land without recommendation of the Gardawar. He said that patwaris had taken money from the land owners as bribes for transferring land and tried to pressurise him (Javed) to sign land ownership documents.