Islamabad—A scandal involving millions of rupees has been unearthed in Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) Section Estate Management-2 (Commercial). It was revealed that CDA has ceded a commercial plot number 29 situated in G-9 Markaz, which was cancelled in 1985, to an influential parliamentarian bringing loss of Rs500 million to the national exchequer. CDA sources said that a plot of 3200 square meter in G-9 Markaz was first allotted to film star Rangila for the construction of cinema but later over failure of payment, CDA had cancelled the allotment of the plot.

Sources said that later on the plot was allegedly declared commercial on the saying of an influential parliamentarian.

It was reported that influential first purchased the same plot from the former allottee, and later on the plot was restored using unfair means which was cancelled 26 years back. Some officials of CDA have suggested auctioning of the plot, adding that it will earn approximately Rs700 million for CDA which is facing severe financial crisis at present. Using political interference and pressure, CDA Board ultimately restored the plot on Nov 02, 2011, suggesting its selling cost at Rs200 million while the plot was already purchased by land mafia.

Therefore, NOC of the plot was issued on Nov 03 while transfer letter was issued on Nov 04, thus the process of allotting the plot which brought losses of millions to the national exchequer was completed in just four days.

Building Control Section immediately approved the map of the three-storey commercial plaza on the said plot and it was also said that influential was pressurizing the concerned authority to grant permission for the construction of an additional storey which is illegal according to the prescribed rules. CDA sources said that Director Estate Management Waqar Ali Khan is holding the file and record of the said plot in his personnel custody while other officials were not in position to have a look at the file. Some officials in CDA demanded Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take suo moto notice of the case to save Rs500 million damage to the national exchequer.—INP