The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to file corruption references against former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and others in up to six separate graft cases.
The decision was made at the Executive Board Meeting (EBM) chaired by NAB chief Qamar Zaman Chaudhry on Friday, said an official statement.
The EBM decided to file a corruption reference against ex-premier Pervaiz Ashraf, former water and power secretary Shahid Rafi, ex-managing director Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) Fayyaz Elahi, former managing director of Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) Tahir Basharat Cheema and others for awarding the contract of 51 megawatts (MW) Naudero-I project in violation of RPP rules.
The EBM also authorised investigation against former in-charge PRC Pishin Muhammad Naeem Khan and others for their alleged involvement in embezzling Rs717.884 million in distributing 237,458 wheat bags.
The NAB also allowed a probe against former Sindh chief secretary Muhammad Siddique Memon and others for their alleged involvement in allotting six acres in Dehbitti Aamri, Scheme-33 Karachi on forged and tampered documents
Similarly, it sanctioned an inquiry against ex-executive engineer Upper Jhelum Canal Gujrat Division Haroon Khan for misappropriation of millions of rupees in repeated construction of Bahri Randyali, Chakori and Lala Musa Flood Bunds and remodelling of Kalra Drain.
The NAB ordered an investigation against Punjab Provincial Cooperative Bank president/managing director Liaquat Durrani and others for corruption and misuse of authority, causing a loss of Rs860 million to the exchequer.
The fourth inquiry was authorised against businessman Faisal Masroor Siddiqui for allegedly acquiring government land by paying bribes and land grabbing. The fifth inquiry was permitted against ex-chairman ABAD/Builder Babar Chugtai for illegal acquisition of government land by paying bribes, land grabbing, and misuse of authority.
The NAB also ordered a probe against M/S M-Cube Pvt Ltd, Karachi Riffat Yazdan Siddiqui for willful default of Rs71.335 million.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 1st, 2015.
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