NAB to file reference against Raja Ashraf in RPP scam

NAB to file reference against Raja Ashraf in RPP scam

ne The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Thursday decided to file a reference against former Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in the Rs22 billion Rental Power Projects (RPP) scam, saying that the former premier can be summoned for investigation.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the NAB board, headed by Chairman Chaudhry Qamar Zaman, in the federal capital on Thursday.

In the RPP scam, nine firms had been accused of receiving more than Rs22 billion as a mobilization advance from the Pakistani government to commission the projects but most of them did not set up their plants and a few of them installed them but with inordinate delay.

The former prime minister had been accused of receiving kickbacks and commission when he was minister for water and power.

In March 2012, the apex court had held the RPP contracts non-transparent and had ordered that these be rescinded.

Moreover, NAB also decided to pursue references against nine people involved in the transfer of Naudero Power Plant machinery from one place to another and ordered the Sindh Bureau to expedite the completion of the Steel Mill corruption case.

Separately, the NAB board approved inquiry against officials of the Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) in relation to the recruitment of 280 members in its work force.

Furthermore, the NAB jury also approved inquiry against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s former finance minister Syed Mureed Kazim and former revenue board member Ihsanullah.

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