Islamabad - The officials of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) are facing criminal proceedings at the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA), this time in connection with misplacement of personal files and out-of-turn promotions and up-gradations, it has been learnt.

A batch of the CDA officials was booked by the FIA some months back in connection with mushroom growth of illegal slums in the federal capital for not taking timely action to check the trend. Sources in the FIA said that soon an FIR would be launched by FIA in connection with misplacement of the files as the CDA officials believe that legal wing of the CDA and its team is doing nothing to get them clear of the charges. The sources said the FIA is expected to register a criminal case against other over 100 CDA personnel in misplacement of personal files and up-gradation cases.

Talking to The Nation on condition of anonymity, the CDA officials said neither departmental inquiry was conducted neither any complaint was lodged but the FIA wants another batch of CDA officials behind the bars ‘just to show their efficiency.’ Fearing criminal proceedings, the employees said chairman CDA must talk to DG FIA on the issue before they are booked.

The FIA had summoned 68 officials of the capital’s civic agency to record their statements in the case of alleged illegal promotions.

The FIA is probing the case related to the alleged disappearance of the personnel files of these 68 CDA employees who, according to the agency, were promoted illegally by the CDA management between 2010 and 2013.

In 2015, the Supreme Court of Pakistan had also taken notice of the issue of out-of-turn and illegal promotions and up-gradation of thousands of the CDA officials during the tenures of former Capital Development Authority chairmen Farkhand Iqbal and Imtiaz Inayat Elahi but the SC did not hand down a verdict in the case.

Meanwhile, the FIA started a separate inquiry into the matter after it found that personnel files of several such employees were not available in CDA record, which impedes investigations into the issue. Some 375 CDA officials had allegedly got illegal promotions and other related benefits using forged documentation.