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NAB Lahore recovers Rs29.93b in 2019

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

28th Dec, 2019. 07:32 pm
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National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore claimed to have recovered a record amount of Rs29.93 billion as per its 2019 performance report.

According the report issued by NAB, the amount is nearly 15 times more than that retrieved in 2018.

NAB report said that last year the bureau had recorded recovery at Rs1.99 billion in its annual performance report.

NAB Lahore Director General Shahzad Saleem said NAB was strictly adhering to the policy of ‘Accountability for all’.

“Eliminating corruption from the country and establishing a corruption free environment is the top priority of NAB,” he added.

Spokesperson said the amount is unprecedented compared to the yearly recoveries accounted in the last 19 years.

Meanwhile, the 2019 performance report issued by Lahore office documented the arrest of 138 persons accused of involvement in corruption and causing loss to the national exchequer in 2019.

The regional office of the anti-graft body launched 100 new inquiries this year, while 36 new investigations were also initiated.

Moreover, a total of 55 references were filed in the accountability courts during the same period.

The accountability bureau also completed probe into 25 corruption cases and filed references in the accountability courts.

In 2019, at least 30 references of plea bargain were filed. Consequently, nearly Rs3 billion were returned in cash along with houses and plots worth Rs27 billion to the victims.

The number of complaints to the Lahore Bureau , rose up to over 13,000 in the current year compared to the yesteryear annual average of 4,000 complaints.

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