PESHAWAR  - The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday filed a formal reference of Rs2.03 billion against Malik Naveed, ex-KP IGP Police and nine other serving and retired police officers, and influential private persons in the Accountability Court Peshawar.

On receipt of complaints, NAB (KP) authorised an inquiry against senior police officers Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and others for alleged embezzlement in procurement of SMG, magazine, ammunition, heavy weapons, bullet proof jackets, night vision goggles etc in 2008-09 and 2009-10 by violating government rules and inflicted causing a loss of Rs2.03 billion on the national exchequer.

On the request of Police Department, the then KP government had approved purchase, upgrading weapons and equipment to counter raising terror incidents in the province. An amount of over Rs7 billion was released by the federal and provincial governments for recruitment, training of police personnel and procurement of weapons and equipment.

During the course of inquiry, it was revealed that the contractor turned approver in connivance with other accused was controlling the entire process of competition of bids to get the contract. The contract was awarded to a firm having no previous experience of supplying such items and for which payments were made in advance.

The inspection committee was also found responsible for not carrying out tests of weapons, ammunitions and equipment according to the procedure and obtained clearance reports from agencies concerned which were later on proved to be wrong and the persons concerned have already been made responsible and booked under the law.

The findings of the inquiry established involvement of senior police officers both retired and serving.

Other accused persons in the reference include Abdul Majeed Khan, Commandant FC Peshawar, Abdul Latif Khan Gandapur, ex additional IGP pperation (KP) Peshawar, Sajid Ali Khan, DIG Peshawar, Muhammad Suliman Khan, ex-DIG Headquarters Peshawar, Javed Khan, ex-budget officer Police Department, Kashif Alam, ex-AIG Estab CPO Peshawar, Sadiq Kamal Orakzai, ex-DIG Telecommunication, Raza Ali Khan and Amir Ghazan Khan.