ISLAMABAD (Faizan Matloob):- The Chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR)has converted the major penalty of dismissed from service to removal of service of Muhammad Shahzad Bashir, Inspector-IR (BS-16), Directorate of Intelligence & Investigation (IR), Faisalabad on counseling, advising and dealing with a person who was nominated in FBR in case of money laundering.
According to the FBR, disciplinary proceedings were initiated against Mr. Muhammad Shahzad Bashir, on the charges under Civil Servants (Efficiency & Discipline) Rules, 2020:-
- Shehzad Bashir was accused that hShehzad Bashir made telephonic contact / conversations with a representative of an accused nominated in FIR, lodged under Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2010. This conversations contained references to some ‘dealing(s)’ between him and the accused nominated in FIR.
- He provided counseling/ advice to the representative of the accused on the issue of FIR during the conversation and thereby he acted against the interest of the Government to gain unlawful considerations.
- Another accuse was leveled against Mr Shehzad that he has exceeded his authority, acted in violation of office discipline and violated policy of non-interaction with the taxpayers.
During the departmental inquiry, it was proved that two of three charges stand proved against the accused Inspector while one charge is partially proved. Based on the inquiry report, Show Cause Notice was served upon the accused Inspector-IR and opportunity of personal hearing was also provided to him by the Authority.
Consequent upon finalization of disciplinary proceedings, major penalty of “Dismissal from Service” was imposed upon him by the Member (Admn/ HR)/ Authority vide on May 17, 2022.
Muhammad Shahzad Bashir, Ex-Inspector-IR filed departmental appeal and requested that the impugned penalty order may be set aside. He was provided an opportunity of personal hearing on 28.07.2022 by the Appellate Authority. During the course of hearing, Ex-Inspector-IR denied the charges leveled against him and contended that he coordinated with the accountant/ representative of the accused nominated under Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2010 on the instructions of the Inquiry Officer in the said case.
In order to reach a just and fair conclusion, audio clippings available on the record having conversation of the appellant and the accountant/ representative of the accused were listened to by the Appellate Authority. The conversation negated the contention of the appellant that he was only coordinating with the other side to obtain necessary documents of the case. There was clear substance available in the audio recording to prove that the conversation was much more than simple coordination and clearly revealed that the appellant was working against the interest of revenue. The audio clippings were not challenged as maneuvered or false by the appellant during the course of personal hearing.
After having gone through the facts of the case, contention of appellant/ Ex-Inspector-IR and evidence available on the record, Secretary Revenue Division/ Chairman, FBR in his capacity as Appellate Authority was of the considered opinion that the charges of “Misconduct” & “Corruption” stand established. However, keeping in view the fact that charge No. 1 stood partially proved, Appellate Authority converted major penalty of Dismissal from Service into Removal from Service