ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal has inspected two cases of wheat stock by the Sindh government's food department.
And ordered an investigation into the embezzlement in its delivery from Ghotki district to the Karachi region.
According to a statement issued in this regard, Chairman NAB directed Director General NAB Sukkur to investigate both the cases and recover government funds from corrupt elements.
It may be recalled that earlier these two cases were sent to Anti-Corruption Establishment Sindh for investigation.
It may be recalled that the NAB had announced a few days ago that it would investigate the recent crisis in flour and sugar in the country and the rise in prices involving the families of ruling PTI leader Jahangir Tareen and Federal Minister Khosrow Bakhtiar. People were allegedly involved.
However, the statement did not say what steps the accountability body has taken so far.
The statement said that NAB Sukkur has already recovered Rs 10 billion from the stock of wheat in Sindh after an investigation into alleged misappropriation of Rs 15 billion.
At the same time, it was said that the NAB Regional Office has recovered Rs. 10 crores directly or indirectly from corrupt elements and deposited it in the national exchequer.
It may be recalled that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had recently revealed that 1,64,797 metric tonnes worth Rs5.35 billion had gone missing from government warehouses in Sindh.
NAB Sukkur said in a report that NAB Sukkur had launched nine different inquiries to nab embezzlement and theft in government wheat worth Rs 15.85 billion in nine districts of Larkana, Benazirabad (Nawabshah) and Sukkur division. ۔
Separate teams for investigation raided government warehouses in the nine districts under the supervision of a judicial magistrate and found that 164,797 metric tonnes of wheat worth Rs5.35 billion was missing.
The report said that in the case of the disappearance of wheat, other accused, including Food Department officials, pleaded guilty and returned Rs2.112 billion through a plebiscite.
The NAB had said that an inquiry was started against the food department officials of Sukkur and Khairpur and the owners of 4 flour mills for non-repayment of government wheat loan in six months.
So the owners of 4 flour mills returned Rs. 8 billion 126 million.
It was also informed that during various inquiries it was also revealed that 22,000 metric tonnes of government wheat worth Rs. 745.68 million sent to Karachi from 9 districts of Sukkur, Larkana, and Benazirabad divisions had not reached there. ۔