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Dy commissioner helpless before junior officer

September 11, 2012

ISLAMABAD, Sept 11: Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of Islamabad High Court (IHC) summoned in person the Chief Commissioner Islamabad as the deputy commissioner expressed inability to take action against his powerful subordinate allegedly involved in a fraud case.

Justice Siddiqui while hearing a petition regarding alleged fraud of Rs7.1 million on July 27, directed the deputy commissioner (DC) Islamabad Amer Ali Ahmed to hold an inquiry and to submit compliance report to the court by September 11.

The court on Tuesday expressed its concerns that so far no report has been submitted by the district administration despite its clear order.

DC Ahmed told the court that he examined the matter and after going through the facts he recommended certain actions against his powerful subordinate: the circle registrar Malik Deen.

He said that a number of other forums — including the meetings of standing committees of Parliament — he faced embarrassment because of Malik Deen but since he is a grade 17 officer, therefore, the deputy commissioner could not suspend him or remove him from the post.

The only action which I could take was to send an adverse recommendation against Malik Deen at an appropriate forum which I did, he explained.

Justice Siddiqui observed that when the employees of lower grades could face strict action on the account of allegation of meager corruption then why the district administration of federal capital is helpless against a government officer, who is facing a number of inquiries for billions of rupees corruption.

The court order said that: “It is amazing to note that despite a number of inquiries are pending against Malik Deen, he has not been disassociated by way of suspending or removing from his post, which shows helplessness of his senior officers.”

The order said: “It is appropriate that Chief Commissioner may be directed to appear in person on Wednesday to explain as to why action has not been taken against Malik Deen, despite availability of various incriminating material against him.”

In the petition, Mohammad Waqas Malik counsel of petitioner adopted before the court that Malik Deen has become a nuisance for the city, who has been playing havoc with different properties.

He said Mr Deen is posted and appointed in the said office for decades but no authority has dared to remove him from his post adding that corrupt authority has become the insignia of co-operative housing society.

He pointed out that the circle registrar Malik Deen being a government servant and having the domain on all the concerned record has visibly maneuvered the record, whereas he is the only beneficiary.

According to advocate Malik, his client in 2005 purchased few plots in a private housing company “Gulberg Safari” from a private firm “Leo-International” allegedly run by Malik Deen through his wife and paid Rs7.1 million to the said company.

After knowing the fake nature of the housing project the petitioner tired to retrieve the paid amount but the circle registrar ordered to freeze the company account on whose name the petitioner deposited the amount.

The petition alleged that Malik Deen was involved in other such white collar crimes adding that despite being a low ranking officer he enjoys a lavish life style.

He requested the court to hold an impartial inquiry questioning all the assets of Malik Deen.