SARGODHA    -   The Anti Corruption Establishment (ACE) on Thursday arrested an official of the excise and tax­ation department over corruption charges. 

According to the ACE sources, Tariq Mehmood, in his complaint to Regional Director ACE Asma Ejaz Cheema, said an inspector of the excise and taxation department, Malik M Tariq, was demand­ing Rs15,000 as bribe for issuing a challan of his property related record.

The director while taking action ordered Circle Officer M Akram to conduct an inquiry.

The officer with Judicial Magistrate Naveed Iqbal Tarar raided the E&T office and caught M Tariq red handed and recovered marked currency notes. The ACE arrested the accused and sent him behind the bars for further investigation.

Moreover, Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) on Thursday sealed several shops for not clearing their long standing dues of Sargodha Develop­ment Authority (SDA). According to spokesperson, several shopkeepers and motorcycle stands lease holders in Trust Plaza were not paying the dues of SDA and were defaulters.