ISLAMABAD -  In a clear violation of the Supreme Court orders regarding deputationists, the National Accountability Bureau is set to give another extension in service to Director General Shakeel Malik who is already facing a corruption case, The Nation has learnt.

Shakeel Malik who belongs to the Secretariat Group joined the NAB on deputation from the Establishment Division.

NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal had also taken notice of the alleged involvement of three senior officials of the bureau – HR Director General Malik Shakeel, Rawalpindi DG Nasir Iqbal and Director Col (r) Javed – in a housing scam in the federal capital. Last week, the NAB chief gave additional charge of director general (awareness and prevention) to Shakeel Malik.

According to the documents available with The Nation, the NAB chairman has repatriated the services of four deputy directors of grade-19 to their parent departments on the recommendations of the enquiry committee which had been formed by the Supreme Court with the task to probe the illegal appointments and cases of deputationists in the NAB.

Interestingly, Shakeel Malik was also part of the three-member inquiry committee which recommended the nine officers of grade-19 to send them to their parent departments for having no relevant experience for the NAB job.

Sources confirmed the tenure of deputation of Shakeel Malik completed on January 20, 2017.

Earlier, Ministry of Commerce Employees’ Cooperative Housing Society President Rana Ghulam Fareed had written a letter to the NAB chief for looking into the corruption allegations against the bureau officials.

In the letter, Fareed had alleged the NAB officers pressurised him to leave the society office, and on resistance, they allegedly tortured him and his family members. He also alleged that Shakeel Malik, with the help of Iqbal, had secured property illegally in the housing scheme. Both Shakeel and Iqbal were working in the NAB on deputation. Fareed had also attached copies of the five plots allotted to Shakeel’s brother and his nephew.

The sources said the NAB chairman had ordered a strict action against the officers involved in corruption. “How can the chairman give additional charge of an important position to a person who is facing corruption allegations? The fact-finding report cannot be submitted to the chairman secretariat in this case yet,” they added.

A senior officer of the NAB showed his utter astonishment over handing over the DG (A&P) charge to Shakeel before completion of investigation against him. He said Malik was also a member of the committee which was investigating illegal appointments in the NAB.

He questioned if the chairman could dismiss a junior officer in the Karachi Bureau over corruption, how the corruption of a senior officer could be ignored.

In his first speech, the NAB chief had warned the bureau officers that he would take strict action if any of them was found involved in corruption. He had said: “I will personally monitor the performance of all officials and a visible difference will be seen in the bureau’s performance in the coming months.”