PESHAWAR, May 27: Local special anti-corruption judge Fazal Subhan Khan on Monday convicted two teachers for securing government job on forged documents and sentenced them to two years rigorous imprisonment and fine of Rs20,000 each.

The judge also ordered recovery of the salary the two, Noorul Bashar and Mushtaq Ali, had received since employment.

He directed the anti-corruption establishment (ACE) to take action against two education department clerks Akbar Hussain and Fazal Hussain and teacher Imtiaz Ali for helping the convicts secure the category class teacher (CT) job in 2000 in Mardan.

The prosecution claimed that the accused had paid Rs60,000 each to the three officials as bribe and secured the teachers’ job on forged documents and fake appointment letters.

It said the two were later posted to different places, including Chitral, Shangla and Mardan.

REMANDED IN CUSTODY: Local judicial magistrate Mohammad Ilyas Khan gave the main character of the hepatitis-C vaccine purchase scandal into the ACE custody for another day.

The accused is former provincial director general (health services) and current medical superintendent of Maulvi Jee Hospital, Peshawar Dr Mohammad Ali Chauhan.

He was produced before the court by police investigator Maroof Khan after completion of two days physical custody.

The investigator said he needed further physical custody of the accused for interrogation.

The accused was arrested after the Peshawar High Court rejected his pre-arrest bail petition on May 24.

Three other officials of the health department, including director general Dr Sharif Ahmad Khan, chief of Provincial Hepatitis Control Programme Dr Ghulam Subhani and storekeeper Mubarak Shah, are already behind bars.

The ACE has registered the case under sections 409, 419, 420, 468, 471, 120-B, 109 of Pakistan Penal Code and Section 5(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act.

The PHC chief justice had taken suo moto notice of the matter in Feb before issuing directives to ACE director Fayyaz Ali Shah to conduct inquiry.

The court had observed that it had received reports that despite having information that the said hepatitis-C injection was substandard but the accused had approved its purchase in bulk. There are also charges of fund misappropriation against the accused.

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