ISLAMABAD - To the astonishment of many, Secretary Cabinet Division refused to defend Capital Development Authority, one of the subordinate departments of Cabinet Division, on corruption charges in the Diplomatic Shuttle Service contract, the file of which was stolen and not available with civic body.

Coming up loud and clear in the Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday, Secretary Cabinet Division Ikhlaq Tarrar on the alleged corruption of CDA in award of the contract of diplomatic shuttle service not only supported the point of view of the committee and strongly recommended registration of a corruption case against the concerned officials of CDA, a department working under the division he is heading.

The committee expressed its dismay and anger over the situation where CDA officials and its chairman were at loss that to whom the contract of this shuttle service was awarded and on what terms and conditions because the whole file containing the agreement of the service was missing from the record of the department dealing with the civic affairs of the federal capital.

The Public Accounts Committee also recommended action against the then chairman CDA Kamran Lashari in whose tenure the agreement was signed.

Under the agreement the shuttle service contract was awarded for seven years and the stipulated time of its contract would be expiring after two years in 2015.

As part of the agreement the contractor was also leased out some five acres of land on flat rate of Rs 44,000 per annum.

The committee showed its serious concerns over the non-payment of Rs2.65 billion by the owner of multi-storey shopping complex Centaurs. The committee also directed to present the details of payment of Centaurs and Diplomatic Shuttle Service.

The Public Accounts Committee was informed that some 7 cases relating to corruption in CDA were with NAB, 4 cases are with FIA while 15 other cases are pending with different courts.

The audit officials informed the committee that in year 2010 CDA officials had allotted the plots to different influentials and it caused the a damage of Rs 276 million to the national exchequer. Now the allotees have sold the plots. The committee directed to cancel the allotments and ordered Secretary Cabinet Ikhlaq Tarar to present the names of the allottees.