Former State Minister Abdulla Shahid has been taken into police custody on Thursday over an ongoing graft probe by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) jointly with the police.
Police media official Sub Inspector Hassan Haneef said Shahid had been arrested over alleged embezzlement of MVR24 million while he was serving as the head of the Disaster Management Centre (DMC).
ACC had earlier requested the police to probe the criminal offences committed by various individuals in the case. Two other people had been arrested earlier over the same case.
A special report by the Auditor General had revealed that Allocate Business Company (ABC) had used fraudulent purchase order forms to scam DMC out of MVR24 million.
Auditor General Niyaz Ibrahim alleged that the level of negligence on the part of the DMC and Finance Ministry was extreme.
Niyaz had said it was difficult to fathom that payments have been made to altered and fabricated PO forms.
He also said that necessary attention had not been paid by the DMC and the Finance Ministry when ABC had submitted vouchers after a five year gap. Niyaz added that even when some forms had been flagged as previously paid, it had not been probed further.