ISLAMABAD - The Punjab government was yesterday ordered to re-open a corruption inquiry against a senior civil servant accused of embezzling Rs200 million.

Punjab’s communication’s chief Abdul Majid Shah was sacked for misconduct in January 2013 after he was found to have stolen millions of rupees from the government funds.

He withdrew Rs200 million to pay a lobbying firm to run a government campaign but instead kept the money and deposited in his own bank account. Despite overwhelming evidence against him his dismissal was overturned last year by the Punjab Service Tribunal. Yesterday the Supreme Court overturned its ruling and ordered the Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment to reinvestigate the case. The provincial Additional Advocate General Razaq A Mirza explained that the Punjab tribunal did not consider the misconduct charges against Shah that had been proven. The Director General DGPR should have appeared before the inquiry officer to answer the charges, but he did not attend.

The AAG told that the Punjab Service Tribunal did not consider that the department had made efforts to do justice with him in accordance with law.

He further said that the tribunal also did not appreciate that disciplinary proceedings under section 7 of the Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability Act, 2006 were pending against Shah. He asked the court to dismiss the tribunal ruling and order a fresh investigation.

Accepting his plea, Justice Ejaz Afzal after hearing the AAG set aside the tribunal’s order and directed the provincial government to hold a fresh inquiry.