ISLAMABAD: Irfan Nawaz Memon, the Deputy Commissioner, and Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) administrator, terminated the director and a deputy director of the Directorate of Municipal Administration (DMA) on Thursday due to suspected corrupt behavior.
The DMA Director Shakeel Arshad and Deputy Director Mohammad Asif were also given instructions to return to their respective departments by the administrator.
According to their repatriation orders, these officers’ performance and behavior were subpar and they engaged in corruption and other unethical behavior.
The administrator’s statement of allegations against the officers claimed that they manipulated a file by copying the administrator’s approval from another file to allocate Rs. 9,855,780 for decorations and indoor venue arrangements for the opening of the Green, Blue, and Orange Line metro bus routes on June 29, 2022.
The DMA director denied having a corruption case or investigation against him, adding that, he was a grade 19 officer and that the administrator, who was also a grade 19 officer, had no authority to dismiss him.
He stated that he was going to fight the decision made by the administrator before the appropriate forum, and noted that while working for DMA, he raised income by 120 percent.
Mohammad Asif, the deputy director, said that when processing a vendor’s bill, he was asked to clarify his stance.
He claimed, “Today weird sort of repatriation orders were issued and I adamantly refuted any wrongdoing.”
According to DMA sources, the administrator was dissatisfied with both officers because of a problem surrounding certain vendor invoices that DMA processed in questionable ways last year.
Additionally, the administrator has mandated that an excess payment of Rs. 43 million against one bill be stopped.
Furthermore, the administrator blacklisted a vendor or contractor a few months ago on suspicion that they had obtained the majority of DMA contracts during the previous few years by questionable means.