District nazim Mardan Himayatullah Mayar. – A file photo

MARDAN, 12 July: Director Local Government Department has sent notices to district nazim Mardan Himayatullah Mayar and naib nazim Asad Ali Kashmiri over allegations of passing the district assembly budget with fake signatures of councillors and sought reply within seven days.

According to the Local Government Commission, the Local Government Assistant Director Fazlullah said the required number of councillors for passing the budget were not present in the district assembly on the budget day. He said the district nazim and naib nazim had passed the budget through fake signatures of three councillors which was later proved through forensic report.

The notices sent to the nazim and naib nazim said action will be taken against them if they failed to submit reply within seven days.

The KP government had suspended the nazim and naib nazim on these allegations on 6 May. However, the Peshawar High Court had stayed that order on the petition of Himayatullah Mayar.