ISLAMABAD  - During his chairmanship in the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), the principal accused Tauqir Sadiq appointed 21 individuals in the Authority while observing nepotism, favouritism in violation of the Service Regulations 2005 of OGRA.

These appointments of officers and officials were made on regular, contract and deputation basis during the period of July 2009 to May 2011, sources told The Nation on Thursday.

Tauqir, the main accused of the OGRA multi-billion rupees scam, would be produced before the Accountability Court (AC)-1 Islamabad today and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) would request the AC to obtain his further physical remand for interrogation, the sources added.

According to the details, the regular appointment of Muhamad Jawad Jamil as Staff Officer Chairman OGRA was managed by the then Chairman Tauqir Sadiq while practicing nepotism as the post where he appointed his above mentioned nephew, according to the rules and regulation of the OGRA Service regulation 2005, clearly indicates that E-3 and the above mentioned posts should be filled through internal promotion, the sources added.

Interestingly, the post was advertised for scale E-2, however, at the time of selection the nephew (the candidate) was given E-3 scale in the light of a later decision of the authority regarding upgradation of the subject post after advertisement. Similarly, the composition of the Departmental Selection Committee was not in accordance with the regulation 11(a) of the OGRA Service Regulations2005 the sources added.

Similarly, Javed Iqbal Hashmi was appointed on contract basis as DED (Chairman Sectt); later on he was transferred to Admin Department as DED (Admin), he was tested and interviewed by the then Chairman Tauqir Sadiq and the candidate was overage and according to service regulation of the OGRA E-3 scale posts would be filled by the internal promotion the sources added.

In the same way Tauqir Sadiq appointed Hizbullah Sidiqui on contract basis again an overage candidate as Staff Officer and later on he was transferred as DED (Chairman Sectt) though the service regulation of the OGRA did not allow it as the post of grade E-3 would be filled by the internal promotion the sources added.

The principal accused of OGRA scam also appointed his another kin Muhamad Adnan on regular basis through the same favouritism and the composition of the Departmental Selection Committee was not in accordance with the Regulation 11(a) of the OGRA Regulation 2005 and in the same way the accused Tauqir Sadiq appointed his another kin Atteeq Aslam as a fresh candidate while violating the service regulation the sources added.

Similarly, the former chairman appointed Khalida Gulnar on deputation initially. She was posted as registrar and then JED (Appeals) in violation of the service Regulations 15(5) of OGRA 2005 the sources added. Tauqir Sadiq, appointed Sidra Younas on regular basis as office secretary, Farurukh A zam Malik on regular basis as assistant (HR) in scale -3 he was working earlier on contract basis then regularised the sources added. Muhammad Naveed was appointed on regular basis earlier he was working on contract then his services were regularised by Tauqir Sadiq, the sources added.

In the same way, Sohail Shehzad Hussain a fresh candidate was appointed on regular basis and Hina Hassan was appointed as assistant and she was tested and interviewed by the then Chairman Tauqir Sadiq the sources said. Similarly, Abdur Rehman, Nagina Akhtar, Muhammad Azher, Syed Faisal Ishtiaq,Syed Kamran Raza Shah, Muhammad Shahzad,Naeem Jan, Ali Muhamad and Muhammad Ramzan were appointed as assistant, driver and office attendant on contract basis and they were tested and interviewed by the then chairman OGRA Tauqir Sadiq the sources added.