PM Ashraf withdraws review petition in RPPs case

ISLAMABAD: 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.

Earlier, the federal government and different power companies had filed review petitions against the Supreme Court’s judgment in the RPPs case.

On the request of the PM’s counsel, the court disposed of the review application. The court will now take up the RPPs implementation case on January 23.

Barrister Ali Raza, counsel for Gulf Rental Plant, contended that his client had been in the list of 19 RPPs but it was a solicited project which had commenced its function by generating power.

He said that it was not his fault to enter into a bid process as the framing of policies was the job of government and he could not be punished on account of such policies.

The CJ told him that being a bidder, he would have to face the consequences as there was no policy.

“How NEPRA was assessing the reserve price in advance!” he queried.

The counsel said that he wanted that justice should be done with the company as plant worth millions of rupees had been lying there.

He apprised the bench that his client also wanted to move the plant outside Pakistan to which the CJ replied that when he was not interested in the project, he could move his application before the concerned quarters.

The bench granted him time for further preparation and adjourned hearing till February 18.

With addition from APP