Customs intelligence official awarded ‘dismissal from service’ on corruption charges

ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has imposed major penalty of ‘dismissal from service’ upon customs intelligence official on the charges of corruption, misconduct and inefficiency.

In a notification issued on Wednesday, the FBR said that disciplinary proceedings under Government Servants (Efficiency & Discipline) Rules, 1973 were initiated against Muhammad Afzal, Superintendent (BS-16) (Time Scale BS-17) (under suspension), Directorate of Intelligence & Investigation-Customs, Karachi vide Charge Sheet No.2(90)/2012-Cus-III dated 20.04.2017.

Ms. Saadia Sheeraz, the then Additional Director, Directorate of Customs Valuation, Karachi was appointed as Inquiry Officer to conduct inquiry on account of various acts of omission and commission committed by the accused officer constituting “Inefficiency”, “Misconduct” and “Corruption”.

The Inquiry Officer submitted inquiry report dated 05.06.2018, according to which the charges of “Inefficiency”, “Misconduct” and “Corruption” were established against the accused officer.

A Show Cause Notice dated 19.06.2018 was issued to the accused officer and in response, he submitted his defence reply. After considering the inquiry report, reply of the accused to the Show Cause Notice and his oral submissions during the personal hearing with the Authorized Officer on 01.08.2018, the accused officer has been found guilty of “Inefficiency”, “Misconduct” and “Corruption” under rule 3(a),(b)&(c) of the Government Servants (E&D) Rules, 1973.

The Member (Admn), being the Authority in this case, after having considered all aspects of the case and the recommendations of the Authorized Officer has, therefore, imposed the major penalty of “Dismissal from service” upon Muhammad Afzal, Superintendent under rule 4(1)(b)(iv) of the Govt. Servants (Efficiency & Discipline) Rules, 1973 with immediate effect.

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