FBR Officer Dismissed from Service for Embezzlement: A Major Penalty Imposed After Admission of Guilt

FBR Officer Dismissed from Service for Embezzlement: A Major Penalty Imposed After Admission of Guilt

March 1, 2024

Karachi, March 1, 2024– A significant ruling by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has led to the dismissal of an officer, Wazir Hussain Lashari, following his involvement in embezzlement. The official notification, issued by the FBR on Friday, underscores the agency’s commitment to addressing financial misconduct within its ranks.

Lashari, an MIS Officer (BS-16) stationed at the Regional Tax Office (RTO) in Hyderabad, was subjected to disciplinary proceedings under the Civil Servants (Efficiency and Discipline) Rules, 1973. He faced serious charges, including unauthorized issuance of cheques and failure to pay vendors and families of deceased employees at the RTO, Hyderabad.

The inquiry committee, constituted by RTO Hyderabad, presented its findings on January 5, 2018, confirming the charges against Lashari. Consequently, a show cause notice was issued on February 7, 2018, to which Lashari responded by denying the allegations. Despite his denial, the Chief Commissioner of RTO Hyderabad recommended a major penalty of “Removal from Service” after reviewing the inquiry report and other supporting evidence.

However, the initial outcome differed from this recommendation. The Member (Admn/HR), acting as the authority, heard Lashari’s verbal submissions on June 14, 2023. Based on this hearing and additional documentary evidence, a minor penalty of loss recovery was initially imposed, contrary to the Chief Commissioner’s recommendation.

Unhappy with the minor penalty, Lashari filed a departmental appeal before the Appellate Authority, Secretary Revenue Division Chairman FBR, under the Civil Servants (Appeal) Rules, 1977. During the personal hearing held on January 5, 2024, Lashari admitted to misappropriating funds intended for vendors and families of deceased employees to cover his medical expenses. The departmental representative pointed out that cheques had been issued to the Hyderabad Filling Station without corresponding bills or payable amounts.

The Appellate Authority, after a thorough review of the inquiry report, the charge sheet, and Lashari’s admission during the hearing, decided to convert the minor penalty into a major penalty, leading to his dismissal from service. The decision, in line with Rule-6 of the Civil Servants (Appeal) Rules, 1977, emphasizes the FBR’s determination to uphold integrity and accountability in its operations.

This case illustrates the critical importance of maintaining ethical conduct in government institutions. The swift and decisive action taken by the FBR serves as a clear message that embezzlement and financial misconduct will not be tolerated, reinforcing the need for strict adherence to rules and ethical practices in public service.