Published On: Sat, Jan 18th, 2014
Published in Category: Islamabad

Raja Pervez Ashraf indicted in RPP case

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ISLAMABAD: Accountability Court (AC) has indicted former Prime Minister (PM) Raja Pervez Ashraf and other accused in rental power case while Raja Pervez Ashraf has pleaded not guilty.

Judge Muhammad Bashir of AC took up for hearing Friday the rental power case with reference to alleged involvement of former PM in financial and management irregularities in Nodero-2 project The court charge sheeted Pervez Ashraf and other accused persons in this case.

The names of Iqbal Z Ahmad and NM Beg have been dropped from the case. Former PM has been indicted in terms of 3 basic points wherein he was found involved in violating PEPRA laws. He was levelled second charge in the charge sheet that real facts were not provided when approval of the project was obtained from ECC. The third allegation says that corruption of Rs 7.5 million was committed at the time of shifting of machinery.

The court adjourned the hearing of the case till February, 4.

Last month, NAB had filed a supplementary reference against Ashraf in connection with his involvement in the multi-billion-rupee Rental Power Projects scandal.

Talking to media men outside the court, Farooq H Naik, counsel for Pervez Ashraf said his client has not reaped any financial gains in rental power plants. All such allegations are baseless and unfounded. It has been proved that Pervez Ashraf has caused to loss to national exchequer. He will soon be acquitted from these three allegations.

Former PM Pervez Ashraf said allegations have been levelled against him without evidence and he is being subjected to media trial. “ My media trial is lamentable. I discharged my duties honestly and Rs 22 billion corruption charges against me are incorrect. The case is sub judice and I hope for justice from court ”, he added.
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