The New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption has reportedly issued state public servants with a notice to produce evidence as part of its investigation into disgraced Liberal MP Daryl Maguire.
ICAC has, according to The Australian, sent section 22 notices to Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) employees, as well as staff from the Premier’s Office and other government employees, requiring them to hand over documents and other types of evidence.
The notices are reportedly related to funding grants that the former Wagga Wagga MP procured for local businesses in his electorate before his resignation in 2018. He had resigned after an ICAC inquiry, Operation Dasha, heard he sought payment to help broker deals for property developers.
ICAC released its report on Operation Dasha earlier this year, finding that Maguire could be prosecuted for “giving false or misleading evidence at the public inquiry” in 2018.
The report also found that the DPIE had failed to properly oversee the making and amendment of local environmental plans.
While Operation Dasha has wrapped up, another investigation into Maguire, Operation Keppel, is ongoing.
Last October the inquiry heard that NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian had maintained a “close personal relationship” with Maguire, with tapped phone calls revealing that Maguire had told Berejiklian about alleged use of public office for personal gain on several occasions.