LAHORE - Gross financial irregularities, causing a loss of millions of rupees to the national exchequer, were found during the audit and inspection of the record of the office of sub registrar, Ferozwewala, for the period from 1-1-2013 to 31-12-213.

Reportedly, as per directions of the district coordination officer, Sheikhupra, the Sharqpur assistant commissioner conducted inspection and audit of the record of the office of Ferozewala Sub Registrar Maqbool Ejaz for the last year and submitted her report to the DCO. According to the report, she found corruption of Rs 1.96 million in the 63 documents registered by the sub registrar. Additional District Collector Sheikhupura has issued a letter to the sub registrar, seeking his explanation for the irregularities. The letter includes the charges of entertaining invalid stamp papers, tampered-date stamps to facilitate the beneficiaries, for not charging gain tax, CVT and TMA fee as per valuation table.

In some cases, he allegedly charged government dues as per valuation table of agricultural land, but the land was transferred for residential purposes.

He registered exchange deeds for two districts, Lahore and Sheikhupura, without seeking permission of the district collector, which was mandatory, and also charged government dues as agricultural land whereas from previous references, the land was transferred for industrial purposes.

The additional district collector has directed him to explain his position and deposit the deficient amount with the government treasury within a week failing which he has been warned of disciplinary action. A copy of the report has also been received by the additional chief secretary and the senior member of the Board of Revenue.