Lahore: 10 DSPs involved in corrupt practices
LAHORE: Around 10 Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) of various circles of the City Traffic Police have been caught red handed embezzling public money for the last three years.
The DSPs, circle in-charges by designation, in connivance with several inspectors, senior traffic wardens and wardens have been embezzling the money for the last 32 month starting from January 2009 to August 2011.
Out of total Rs 2.3 million misappropriated money, CTO Ahmed Mobin recovered Rs 1.8 million and ‘secretly’ deposited in the treasury of the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) whereas the efforts are underway to recover the rest of amount.
Insiders told that the CTO has issued displeasure notices to the DSPs, directing them to show professional zeal and commitment with the department and avoid indulging in direct or indirect act of negligence.
“It is true I have recovered the aforementioned amount from several DSPs, supervising 10 traffic circles comprising 32 sectors of the City Traffic Police,” Mobin confirmed.
Sharing background of misappropriation of public money, the CTO said he himself conducted internal audit of the City Traffic Police in which it was proved that the DSPs were showing departmental negligence. “But this is a pure departmental negligence. It is not corruption or embezzlement as none of the CTOs before my appointment conducted internal audit,” he commented.
According to his viewpoint, the Traffic Police were depositing Rs 450 million fine in the treasury of the NBP per year and during the last 32 month fine money amounted to Rs 4.2 billion have been transferred to the NBP from Traffic Police of Lahore. Mobin said the professional negligence on the part of the DSPs, which was earlier depriving the government from Rs 2.3 million is just 0.1 percent of the total fine but 90 percent amount has been deposited so far.
Earlier, sources privy to the development told this scribe that certain objections were raised by the CTO Lahore on the Annual Challan Audit Report. After the CTO realised that the DSPs were intentionally using delaying tactics in rectifying the objections of the Report, he directed SP Mustafa Hameed Kamal and SP Asif Zaffar Cheema to conduct internal audit. Following the CTO’s directions, both divisional SPs conducted a departmental inquiry into the matter from August to November. During the inquiry, all 10 DSPs were held responsible for showing professional negligence and displeasure notices were served to them.