ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Tuesday filed a reference against former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and present adviser to Prime Minster on parliamentary affairs Babar Awan for delay in Nandipur power Project and causing billions of rupees losses to the national exchequer.
The NAB filed the reference in an accountability court in Islamabad. Former secretary water and power Shahid Rafi, former research consultant Shomaila Memood, senior joint secretary Dr Riaz Mehmood and former secretary law Masaud Chisti were also named as accused in the reference.
The corruption references were filed after a commission, constituted at the behest of the Supreme Court, held officers of the Ministry of Law and Justice responsible for the delay.
The Nandipur Power Project was approved by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) in December 2007 at a cost of 329 million dollars. After approval, the contract was signed in January 2008, between Northern Power Generation Company Limited (NPGCL) and Dong Fang Electric Corporation (DEC), China and two consortiums — COFACE for 68.967 million euros and SINOSURE for 150.151 million dollars.
In 2008, the Ministry of Water and Power approached the Ministry of Law to issue a legal opinion but accused in connivance with each other and with malafide intentions, the latter repeatedly refused to issue on flimsy grounds.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Water and Power also failed to take any concrete measures to resolve the issue and the matter remained pending.