- Stenographer Abdul Rehman Dolla has made assets worth billions of rupees through corruption and fraud in govt funds
- Dolla rejects corruption allegations but switches off phone when asked to explain source of massive wealth
Officials of the regional transport departments in Faisalabad and Sargodha are involved in massive corruption and embezzlement of government funds for the last several years with some of the employees literally becoming billionaires during this period, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to sources in the transport department, 269 officials, including a stenographer named Abdul Rehman Dolla have made assets worth billions of rupees through corruption and embezzlement of government funds yet no action has been taken so far to hold them accountable.
According to documents available with Pakistan Today, Abdul Rehman Dolla, an ordinary stenographer working at the Regional Transport Authority in Faisalabad had acquired illegal assets worth billions of rupees in the last 15 years.
“Dolla possesses a large piece of agricultural land, residential and commercial buildings in posh areas, expensive vehicles and a hefty bank balance acquired through corruption and fraud,” said the sources.
“Dolla owns agriculture land in village Dollah Pukhtah, Depalpur, residential house No.27 in Gull Afshan Colony near Allied Morr, Faisalabad, a Toyota Corolla car, a Honda Civic car, three motorcycles, a car showroom named Nauman Motors near the Lahore underpass in Faisalabad, two Hiace wagons, a non-custom paid Japanese car having registration number No 225, Car No. LEC-7665 and bank balance amounting to Rs 16,000,000 in UBL, Sargodha Road Branch.”
The source said that it was surprising that no senior official had bothered to enquire how a Grade 12 stenographer was able to amass this wealth.
According to documents available with the scribe, route permit No.294 dated: 19-06-2009 issued from the District Regional Transport Authority, Sargodha shows that truck no. SGD-7423 was permitted for plying in 36 districts of Punjab against a fee of Rs 4,550 however the relevant ledger shows that Dolla had deposited only Rs 450 in the treasury and kept the remaining sum with himself.
Another document shows that route permit No.592 dated 31-12-2009 issued from the District Regional Transport Authority, Sargodha shows that truck no. RIR-6608 was permitted for plying in 36 districts of Punjab against a free of Rs 4,550 but only Rs 1,550 had been deposited in the treasury.
Several other documents available with the newspaper reveal similar frauds perpetrated by Dolla and his accomplices in the accounts of the regional transport authorities of Sargodha and Faisalabad.
Pakistan Today reached out to Abdul Rehman Dolla for comments on the corruption allegations but he switched off his phone saying he was not involved in any corrupt practice.
An official of the National Accountability Bureau told Pakistan Today that they had received information about the corruption at the regional transport departments and would soon begin an investigation into the matter.