Peshawar: NAB arrests 4 contractors for supplying stabilisers at inflated rates
PESHAWAR: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has arrested four contractors of Public Health Engineering Department allegedly involved in supplying stabilizers to water supply schemes at exorbitant rates. A communiqué issued on Tuesday said 353 voltage stabilizers were supplied at Rs102 million to various water supply schemes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “The prices were inflated. The deal was made in gross violation of procurement rules that caused a huge loss to the exchequer,” said the press release.
The arrested contractors were identified as Abdul Wahab Butt, Ishfaq Ahmed, Syed Azam and Mudassar Rai, owners/co-partners of M/S Ittehad Enterprises Peshawar. The NAB produced the accused before the accountability court, Peshawar, and got eight days physical remand from the court.
The NAB claimed that a complaint was received to this bureau that a former chief engineer of Public Health Engineering Department unilaterally and illegally standardised three firms for purchase of voltage stabilizers.
The approval of the Provincial Standardisation Committee was not obtained. The firms were M/S Ittehad Enterprises, M/S Bismillah Engineering and M/S K.B Engineering said the communication. The NAB claimed further arrests were expected as inquiry was in progress.