LAHORE - The Anti Corruption Establishment (ACE) has registered a case against 43 Wasa officials including XENs and directors for corruption.

A senior ACE officer said after revelation of embezzlement, Wasa has cut in its annual budget by Rs100million.

The matter came to spotlight when Muhammad Rafique, alias Bao, a resident of Sanat Nagar, lodged a complaint alleging millions of rupees have been embezzled in the Wasa Data Gunj Bukhsh Town chapter.

The complainant claimed that Wasa director, XEN, two SDOs, and two contractors were also involved in the scam. He said fake receipts were prepared for the executed works.

“Millions of rupees have been embezzled in the pretext of maintenance operation. Bogus bills have made regarding the old vehicles which are out of order. Millions have also been misappropriated in the head of POL,” the complainant added.

On receipt of complaint inquiry into the allegations was ordered by the Anti Corruption director general on February 2, 2015. A team comprising Deputy Director Investigation (DDI) & Deputy Director Technical (DDT), Anti Corruption Establishment (ACE) was formed to probe the matter.

The inquiry team submitted its final report that POL limit was fixed as 18,000 litres per month for machinery and town vehicles of GBT, Wasa but as per record this limit had been violated and huge quantity of POL was drawn by the respondents officers in connivance with administration of Metropolitan Filling Station (MFS), Outfall Road, Lahore.

So much so the administration Directorate, Finance Directorate, internal Audit Directorate, Pre Audit Directorate and the concerned controlling authorities DMD (FA&R) of Wasa kept silent due to monetary gains and sanctioned fabricated bills prepared by administration of MFS Outfall Road.

Thus the accused as well as administration of MFS mutually drew huge amount over and above prescribed limits. The report further disclosed the actual loss caused to government would definitely be increased in the wake of investigations.

During the course of inquiry, It has also been established that the employees of MFS and Wasa officers misappropriated huge quantity of POL and caused loss to the national exchequer by using fabricated chits by showing issuance of POL to the vehicles of other towns/drainage which vehicles were not drawing POL from GBT Wasa rather those vehicles were drawing POL from their own directorate or towns.

Inquiry team in its final report recommended registration of case against 43 Wasa officers including Ex-director (Administration) Muhammad Irfan, Assistant Admn Mukhtar Ali, M Ramzan, Shehzad Ali, and Waseem Ahmad all three AD(O&M) WASA, Two Deputy Directors Admn Salman Babar and M Habib Ullah, three Assistants Admn Directorate Muhammad Aslam, Rizwan Nazir and Mukhtar Ali. Resident Director Syed Shahid Hussin Zaidi, Resident Director Muhammad Moazam Huissain, Resident Assistant Director Umar Riaz, Resident Director Khalid Masood, Auditor Javed Iqbal Chohan, Ijaz Azhar, and Usman Rafique Ch, XEN Ghulam Mujataba, Director O&M Tariq Mehmood, XEN O&M Sohail Aslam Sindhu, Faisal Khuram Ahmad, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Director O&M Mujeeb Raza Warsi, Sub Engineer Faisal Arif, General Manager MFS, Rashid Rafuqe, Assistant Manager MFS, Mian Muhammad Asif, Accountant MFS, Khalid, Record Keeper MFS, Muhammad Mudasir, Cashier MFS, Fida Hussain, Forecourt MFS, Zakri Siddque, Abdul Sahkoor Bajwa, Stock verifier Naveed Ahmad Super visor Qaieser shah, Stock verifier Muhammad Iqbal, Deputy Director (IA) Abdul Latif and Aziz Ahmad, Driver Abudr Rehman, Abdul Waheed , Aslam Niazi and Muhammad Azam and peon Awais.