LAHORE - The Punjab government has recommended departmental action against Khalid Rauf, an additional superintendent of police (SP) in Multan, who failed to prove his innocence against bribery allegations.

Faiz Ahmad Malik had lodged a complaint with IGP office against Khalid Rauf. According to his complaint, the petitioner got FIR No 1196 dated 30/12/2013 registered with the Multan Cantt police station.

The complainant met SP Rauf after his valuables and his wife’s jewelry were stolen from his house, sources in the Establishment Division told The Nation. He alleged the police officer had demanded Rs500,000 for recovery of his stolen articles, the sources added.

Not only the police officer demanded bribe from Faiz Malik, he got the robbers shifted from Multan Cantt police to Haram Gate.

Mr Malik alleged, in his complaint, the investigation of the arrested robbers was not conducted properly. The SP also did not bother to direct his subordinates to obtain physical remand of the accused, an official document shows.

The accused was eventually let escape while the authorities ‘remained unaware’. No departmental action was initiated against anyone.

After receiving the complaint, the IGP directed a DIG to hold an inquiry into the matter. However, the document forwarded by the IGP to S&GAD shows the SP City Multan failed to convince the inquiry officer about his innocence.

On receiving the IGP recommendation, the services secretary wrote a letter to cabinet secretary for initiation of departmental proceedings against Khalid Rauf.

Another senior officer at Civil Secretariat confirmed that such a case was forwarded to the Establishment Division a couple of days ago and it was up to the Secretary Establishment to take action on the recommendations of the Punjab government.