ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has imposed major penalty of ‘removal from service’ an officer of BS-18 Inland Revenue Service (IRS) for misconduct.
According to a notification issued by the FBR stated that disciplinary proceedings were initiated against Syed Nasir Jamal Shah (IRS/BS-18) Deputy Commissioner-IR, Corporate Tax Office, Lahore under Rule 7 of Civil Servants (Efficiency & Discipline) Rules, 2020 on account of unauthorized absence from duty w.e.f. September 28, 2020; through Direct Show Cause Notice dated January 11, 2021 on the charges of misconduct.
Syed Nasir Jamal Shah (IRS/BS-18) furnished reply to the show cause notice wherein the officer stated that he applied for leave of 400 days and submitted application to the Commissioner-IR, CTO, Lahore on November 03, 2020 for onward submission to the Member (Admn), FBR, Islamabad and the same was forwarded to the Board on November 09, 2020.
The officer further stated that the allegation of absence without any intimation is based on some omission in record. The accused officer also requested for opportunity of personal hearing before finalization of the proceedings. Secretary, Revenue Division/Chairman, FBR being Authority in the instant case appointed Member (Admn/HR) as Hearing Officer to grant personal hearing to the accused officer under Rule 17 of Civil Servants (Efficiency and Discipline) Rules, 2020.
Hearing Officer/Member (Admn/HR) granted personal hearing to the accused officer on March 15, 2021. During the course of personal hearing the accused officer was asked to put forward his defence, but the accused officer did not have anything substantial to elaborate in his defence.
The contentions of the officer that his higher officers in CTO, Lahore were aware of his leave submission was also found unsatisfactory in purview of the prevailing instruct ions of the government which are very clear i.e. the officer cannot absent himself until and unless the leave applied by the officer is approved by the Competent Authority.
Reference in this regard is made to Establishment Division’s O.M No.1/34/57-ME dated 12-11-1957 which states that “a government servant should not absent himself from office without leave”.
Furthermore, Establishment Division’s O.M.No.6/3/81-RI(DI) dated 26-07-1981 states that “a civil servant continues to be in service till his resignation is accepted and cannot absent himself from his duties without proper leave” Establishment Division’s O.M No.15/6/85-R.2 dated 03-03-1986 states that “if a civil servants absents himself from duty, till his resignation is accepted by the Competent Authority, he is liable to be proceeded against under the (Efficiency & Discipline) Rules which may also result in dismissal from Government Service”. Moreover, leave application of Syed Nasir Jamal Shah (IRS/BS-18) was silent about date of availing of the requested leave.
The failure to comply with the instructions of the government construes misconduct on part of the officer. Furthermore, during the case of personal hearing the accused officer failed to bring up justification/reasons to defend his unauthorized absence from duty. Attitude and conduct of the accused officer was highly casual and irresponsible.
Information collected from field revealed that he is running his own academy in Lahore, doing business and is not at all interested in government service and keeping this as a standby option.
After considering the charges framed in the Show Cause Notice and available record including the reply furnished by the accused officer, the Hearing Officer came to the conclusion that the accused officer has nothing new to add in his defence.
Hearing Officer/Member (Admn/HR) forwarded the case record to the Authority i.e. Secretary, Revenue Division/Chairman, FBR for decision.
Secretary, Revenue Division/Chairman, FBR being Authority in the instant case has decided the major penalty of “Removal from Service” upon Syed Nasir Jamal Shah (IRS/BS-18) Deputy Commissioner-IR, Corporate Tax Office, Lahore under rule 4(3)(d) of Civil Servants (Efficiency & Discipline) Rules, 2020 with immediate effect.
The period of unauthorized absence from duty w.e.f. 28.09.2020 of Syed Nasir Jamal Shah (IRS/BS-18) shall be treated as Extra Ordinary Leave (without pay). Outstanding dues/recoverable amount shall be recovered from Syed Nasir Jamal Shah (IRS/BS-18).
Syed Nasir Jamal Shah (IRS/BS-18) shall have a right to appeal to the Appellate Authority under Civil Servants (Appeal) Rules, 1977 within a period of thirty (30) days from the date of communication of this notification.