Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Monday withdrew a review petition that he had filed in Supreme Court on March 30, 2012 against the apex court”s verdict in Rental Power Plants (RPPs) corruption case.
A three-judge bench led by the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the identical review petitions, including incumbent PM”s, federal government”s and different power companies”, against the court”s judgement in RPPs case.
During the course of hearing, the counsel for PM, Wasim Sajjad, requested the bench that his client wanted to withdraw his review petition; upon which, the bench disposed of the incumbent premier”s petition. It has been learnt that the PM withdrew his review petition because he would be defended through federal government”s review petition in the instant matter.
The Chief Justice clarified that though the review petitions were pending in the current matter, the court would not stop its proceedings on the implementation of apex court”s March 30, 2012 order in RPPs case. He also said that though money was deposited in national kitty, criminal proceedings would be continued against all the accused, who were allegedly involved in corruption.
Meanwhile, the bench also issued notices to Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO
) on the review petition, filed by Kamoky Rental Power Plant. During the course of proceedings, the counsel for Kamoky Rental Power Plant company, Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, contended that his client had not received any advance payment and they had spent Rs 3 billion from their own pocket. According to him, his client”s power plant is ready to produce electricity.
Upon this, the Chief Justice said that the site was not mentioned in their contract to which Pirzada contended that it had no significance because wherever the power would be generated it would be distributed through national grid station. Pirzada suggested the bench to allow functional power plants to produce electricity because it would be beneficial for public. The bench asked the counsel to make recommendations to authorities” concerned in this regard because the judges were not running the government. The counsel for federal government, Khawaja Tariq Rahim, pleaded that the government had stopped the process of approval and execution of power projects after the court”s March 30, 2012 judgements on RPPs. He requested the court to give some time that he headed to consult the authorities concern about Kamoky Rental Power Plant. On the other hand, the counsel for Gulf Power Plant Company, Ali Zafar, said that if the government”s rental power plant policy was wrong then why all power companies were being punished.
The bench observed that the contracts, which were awarded through a wrong policy, would be illegal. The hearing of the case adjourned till February 18. The Supreme Court on March 30, 2012 declared all RPPs contracts illegal and non-transparent and had directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman to proceed against all the persons involved
, including former minister for water and power Raja Pervez Ashraf (incumbent PM) , in corruption in accordance with the law. The NAB later issued arrest warrants against 33 people allegedly involved in the RPPs scam.