Lahore: Probe finds Rs9m phony police projects
LAHORE: According to the Dawn News on Monday, a police inquiry team has detected embezzlement and fake payments worth Rs9 million in 31 construction projects of Lahore police in 2009-10 and recommended action against the officials of building and police departments and four Contractors. The report also recommends recovery of the amount from the officials and Contractors. The inquiry officer heard all stake-holders in person and also visited the sites under probe before finalising the report submitted to the SSP (investigation) and the capital city police officer (CCPO) for action. According to the inquiry report made available to Dawn, bogus payments were issued in connivance with the executive engineer, sub-divisional officers (SDOs), sub-engineers (SEs) and overseers of the buildings department to four Contractors. Contractors did not initiate several projects despite getting huge amounts in advance under the supervision of Executive Engineer Chaudhry Sharif. One allegation of bogus payments and poor quality is about the boundary wall and installation of security lights at Qurban Police Lines involving SDO Shaukat Aziz, Sub-Engineer Noman, United Constructions and police officials. The department issued Rs23,500 per light to the Contractors against the market price of Rs11,500 for 50 lights. The Contractors left the construction of security bunkers, wall’s base and watch towers incomplete. Of the total payment of Rs14 million for the construction of the boundary wall and security lights, the inquiry report states, Rs3m were paid to the Contractors for bogus projects. The United Construction started the construction of Liaqatabad police station building and built its base. The construction was halted because of court stay. But the Contractors managed to get Rs1.72 million from the building department. The construction company dug two feet ground to build the Hunjarwal police station building and was paid Rs1.1 million for this job. SDO Abdul Qayyum and SE Zafar supervised the construction. The company did not carry out the monthly repair and maintenance work of the offices of Tibbi City DSP, Misri Shah DSP and Nawankot CIA DSP. The project was supervised by SDOs Tariq Saeed and Abdul Qayyum and SE Akram Saqib. Despite no work, the Contractors managed to get Rs148,315 from the department through bogus reports. Furthermore, the department released Rs1.32 million to the Contractors against 16 repair works of police stations of Gulberg, Model Town, Ichhra, Old Anarkali, Nawankot and Rang Mahal and buildings of CIA Model Town and Old Anarkali Traffic sector. The SHOs and their subordinates issued certificates of completion of work to the Contractors despite the fact the work was never carried out. Of the 16 works, 12 were awarded to Star Constructions and Building SDO Tariq Saeed and SE Tufail supervised the affairs while four others were awarded to United Constructions with supervising role of SDOs Tariq Saeed and Abdul Qayyum. Similarly, nine bogus contracts were awarded to Moon Traders under the supervision of SDO Tariq Saeed and SE Mian Anjum Sohail for the monthly-repair work of 21 residences at Qilla Gujjar Singh Police Lines in the previous fiscal year. The report states that the Contractors received Rs359,118 against the monthly maintenance of quarters in Jan 2010 despite the fact that the quarters had been demolished in 2009. The then headquarters SP, the reserves inspector and residents of demolished quarters issued fake certificates of maintenance and repairing work to the building department officials and the Contractors. CCPO Muhammad Aslam Tareen said he would shortly write to the ACE and the buildings department to take action against the officials and Contractors and recover the embezzled amount from them. He said he would also investigate into the involvement of police officials and that those found guilty of issuing bogus certificates would be punished.