Investigation in corruption cases against Raja Pervez Ashraf, Shahid Rafi, others authorized : NAB

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ISLAMABAD, Dec 3 (APP): The Executive Board Meeting (EBM) of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday decided to authorize investigation against former Minister for Water and Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf and others in a corruption case, thus
allegedly causing millions of rupees losses to national exchequer.
The EBM, held under the Chairmanship of Chairman NAB,Qamar Zaman Chaudhary here, decided to authorize four investigations and first was authorized against Reshma Power Generation (Pvt) Limited and others namely Raja Pervez Ashraf, former Secretary
Water and Power, Shahid Rafi and others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for
corruption, corrupt practices and misuse of authority in award of 220 MW Rental Power project (RPP) contract to Reshma Power Generation Limited (RPGL) near Manga – Raiwind Road, LESCO area, thus causing loss of Rs 892.609 million to national exchequer.
According to a NAB statement, the second investigation was authorized against Young Gen Power Limited. Raja Pervez Ashraf and Shahid Rafi, Managing Director PEPCO, Fazal Ahmad Khan, Ex-CEO,NPGCL, Rafiq Butt, Ex-Finance Director, NPGCL, Ejaz Babar and
others. In this case, the accused persons were alleged for corruption,
corrupt practices and misuse of authority in award of 150 MW Rental
Power Project (RPP) Contract to Young Gen Power Ltd at Satiyana
Road, Faisalabad, thus causing loss of Rs 435.7 million to the
national exchequer.
Third investigation was authorized against officers/officials
of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan (AWKUM) namely Dr Ihsan Ali,
Vice Chancellor (VC) AWKUM, Prof Sher Ali Khan, Ex-Registrar, Dr
Muhammad Amin, Ex-Director Planning & Development, Pir Abdul Jabbar,
Ex-Controller Examination, AWKUM and others.
In this case, the accused persons were alleged for misuse of
authority for appointing 700 employees (BS 1-16) and BS-17 and above
both in teaching and non-teaching cadres without completion of codal
formalities.
The fourth investigation was authorized against
Officers/Officials of Board of Revenue (BOR), Land Utilization
Department (LUD), Sindh, CDGK and others.
In this case, the accused persons were alleged for fake
allotment of an amenity plot (6 acres) by tempering of documents and
illegal change of land from industrial to industrial/residential
without approval from Chief Minister Sindh, the competent authority.
This caused loss of Rs 200 million to the national exchequer.
The EBM decided to authorize three inquiries and first
was authorized against Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan, Minister of
Education, Sports & Youth Affairs, Punjab and others.
In this case, the accused persons were alleged for corruption,
corrupt practices and misuse of authority in holding of sports
festival.
Second inquiry was authorized against officers of Capital
Development Authority (CDA) and others. In this case, the CDA sold
commercial plots without open auction and completion of codal
formalities.
The third inquiry was authorized against officers of National
Highway Authority (NHA) regarding Okara Bypass Project. In this
case, the accused persons were alleged for unjustified payment on
account of seed money of Rs 200 million, over payment of Rs 123.9
million on account of defective design and excess payment for
inbuilt items of Rs 33.5 million and extra expenditures of Rs 53.1
million due to deletion of toll plaza from approved contract.
This caused loss of Rs 410 million to national exchequer.
The EBM decided to authorize Complaint Verification against
Officers/Officials of Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) in
issuance and subsequent withdrawal of Circular No. 6 of 2009
as well as SRO 1003 of 2011 issued by FBR.
The EBM approved the Plea Bargain (PB) request of Syed Masoom
Shah, Special Assistant to Ex-Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
(KPK) in assets beyond known sources of income case amounting to
Rs 258.75 million.
During the meeting, Chairman NAB reiterated upon NAB officers
for showing extra zeal and effort in nabbing corrupt and bring the
culprits to justice.