ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has arrested the General Manager of Pakistan Railways, Saeed Akhtar for embezzlement and corruption.According to NAB sources, Akhtar was arrested in Islamabad and is being brought to Lahore. He was summoned to the NAB office where he was taken into custody.
Sources familiar with the matter said that some accused including the PR officials and contractors have already been arrested while some were released on bail after depositing back the plundered money.
Minister for Railways Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour and former secretary Samiul Haq Khilji were also named in the scrap scandal. They are accused of giving permission for awarding tenders to certain contractors after receiving bribes from them.
The same allegation was also levelled against Akhtar by another accused, former Controller of Stores PR Khalid Mohiuddin during the ongoing investigation.
It is pertinent to mention that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani gave one year extension to Akhtar’s contract, who had retired recently.
NAB Chairman Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari had established a special operations division, headed by Director General Colonel retired Shahzad Bhatti to investigate all the high-profile corruption cases referred to the NAB by the Supreme Court, including cases against Akhtar.