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NAB arrests ex-DG Excise Punjab Akram Gondal

NAB arrests ex-DG Excise Punjab Akram Gondal
LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau Lahore on Thursday arrested former Director General Excise & Taxation Akram Ashraf Gondal, claiming that the accused technically manoeuvred the process...

Top Story September 18, 2020 LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore on Thursday arrested former Director General (DG) Excise & Taxation Akram Ashraf Gondal, claiming that the accused technically manoeuvred the process to grant a liquor licence to a hotel.In its official statement, the NAB Lahore said: “It has been disclosed during the inquiry proceedings that the accused (Akram Gondal) technically manoeuvred the whole process to grant L-2 category liquor licence to said hotel without its eligibility.” NAB is conducting an inquiry against Akram Gondal, Raheel Siddiqui former principal secretary to Punjab chief minister, chief minister himself and others for allegedly awarding an illegal liquor licence.NAB Lahore arrested Akram Gondal on the allegations of corruption and corrupt practices through misuse of authority by playing pivotal role in issuance of alleged illegal liquor licence to private hotel, situated in Lahore.

According to details, shared by NAB Lahore, the accused Akram Gondal misused his authority and illegally granted L-2 category licence to a private hotel, whereas it was not even eligible for securing a liquor licence as it had not obtained 4/5 star rating certificate from the Department of Tourist Services, Punjab, which was necessary for obtaining the L-2 category licence.The accused also did not follow other necessary procedures and codal formalities for issuance of liquor licence.

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