Rental Power Projects case: PM Ashraf withdraws review plea

Apex court had ordered premier's arrest along with other respondents in the case.


Web Desk January 21, 2013
A file photo to Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf during a ceremony. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf withdrew his review plea against the court verdict on the Rental Power Projects (RPP) case, Express News reported on Monday.

During today’s hearing in the apex court, Ashraf’s counsel Waseem Sajjad informed the court about his client’s decision.

Earlier on January 15, the SC had ordered the arrest of all the respondents in the case including the premier.

Case background

In early 2012, the court directed the National Accountability Bureau to proceed against all government functionaries involved, including the ministers for water and power during whose tenure the RPPs were approved or set up, and the minister and finance secretary holding charge when down payment for RPPs was increased from 7% to 14%.

Ashraf was water and power ministers in 2008.

Of the 19 RPP deals signed initially, only nine were allowed to function after a damning Asian Development Bank evaluation report. Subsequently, six of those nine RPPs were discontinued.

COMMENTS (4)

Mirza | 10 years ago | Reply Those who know the law understand that when there are no orders for arrest how can an appeal be filed. In fact the appeal has become anfractuous after there are no arrest orders.
The Only Normal Person Here. | 10 years ago | Reply

The whole case could make a very good thriller.

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