ACE Sindh recovers Rs420m in motorway funds scam

By: News Desk
Published: 07:32 PM, 28 Nov, 2022
ACE Sindh recovers Rs420m in motorway funds scam
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The Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) Sindh on Monday recovered Rs 420 million from the house of former assistant commissioner Saeedabad Mansoor Ali Abbasi in connection with a fraud of over Rs2 billion in land acquisition for a motorway project in Matiari district.

According to the 24NewsHD TV channel, on the tip of the Deputy Commissioner, the house of Assistant Commissioner and Land Acquisition Officer Mansoor Abbasi was raided and recovered the mentioned embezzled amount. 

The matter's inquiry began when the Sindh chief secretary Sohail Rajput received reports about the misappropriation of Rs1.82 billion from the National Highway Authority's (NHA's) funds deposited in the DC's account for land acquisition. He formed an inquiry committee on November 13 headed to investigate the issue.

It emerged during the inquiry that the NHA had transferred Rs4.09 billion, which accrued to Rs4.63 billion over a period of time due to interest payments, to the DC's account. DC Matiari withdrew Rs 1.82 billion from the bank and disappeared. 

The anti-corruption police had arrested the former DC on November 17 for alleged misappropriation of over 2 billion rupees of funds. 

According to the sources, based on the information received as a result of the investigation of the accused Adnan Rashid, a raid was conducted at the DC office in Matiari, from where a Land Cruiser and cash were also recovered.

Meanwhile, both the accused Assistant Commissioner and Land Acquisition Officer Mansoor Ali Abbasi and Area Manager of Sindh Bank Tabish Shah appeared in Anti-Corruption Court. 

The court cancelled their three-day interim bail before arrest and sent them to jail. 

On the occasion of the hearing of the accused, strict security arrangements were made in the anti-corruption court: anti-corruption police sources

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