ISLAMABAD - The PPP-led federal government Tuesday assigned the countrys important post of Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) to Akhtar Buland Rana, a grade-22 officer of Audit and Accounts Group, which the independent observers term a sheer case of nepotism. Though, there was no official hand out issued by the Presidency, yet the official sources conformed that President Asif Zardari has appointed Akhtar Baland Rana as the new AGP. An official of the federal government informed that Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani had forwarded a summary to Presidency for the appointment of Rana on the said slot. Official sources informed that Anis Marghoob, the acting AGP and Salman Siddiqu, chairman Federal Board of Revenue, were the strong potential candidates for this slot, however, Siddiques name was dropped after a case of figure fudging appeared in the bureau. Anis Marghoob was working as acting AGP after Tanvir Ali Agha, former AGP retired last month followed by a controversy. The tenure of the office of AGP was five years that was reduces to four years as a result of the passage of 18th Amendment. However, independent observers were of the view that as Agha took the oath of his office before the passage of historical 18th Amendment, so he should remain in his office for five years. However, he relinquished the charge of his office after the completion of four years after the government retired him against the advice of Law Ministry only to oblige some of its crones, the sources informed. Law Ministry had advised the federal government that since Mr Aghas contract was signed before the passage of 18th Amendment, his tenure would remain for five years. The sources informed that Rana, former acting secretary Human Rights Division hailed from Multan and was considered very close to Prime Minister adding that he had remained in the limelight of serious controversies and inquiries like sexual harassment in the past.