RPPs case: SC orders to arrest PM Ashraf within 24 hours

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme court ordered to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in Rental power case on Tuesday, reported Aaj news on Tuesday.

The court has ordered to arrest the 15 other accused in the corruption scam within 24 hours as well. The apex court summoned a report from the police in the case.

“The chief justice ordered that all concerned, regardless of their rank, who have been booked in the case be arrested and if someone leaves the country, then the chairman of the National Accountability Bureau will be held responsible along with his investigating team,” lawyer Aamir Abbas told AFP.

“The sixteen include Raja Ashraf,” said Abbas, referring to the prime minister.

Ashraf is accused of receiving bribes and commission in the RPP case, when he was federal minister for water and power. Along with Ashraf, three ex-cabinet ministers and four former secretaries of government departments are implicated in the case.

Nine firms which are part of the RPP were accused of receiving more than Rs22 billion (£140,000,000) from the government to commission power projects as a “mobilisation advance”. Most of them did not set up power plants. In March 2012, the Supreme Court stated that the RPP contracts were non-transparent and ordered them to be rescinded.

Earlier, Supreme Court issued directives to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to submit a report by identifying those officials who were behind the removal of investigators in the rental power projects (RPPs) case on January 15 (today).

In March 2012, the Supreme Court had held the RPP contracts non-transparent and ordered that these be rescinded.

On the other hand PM Ashraf is heading a meeting of top parliamentarians in Islamabad over the long march going-on in Islamabad.

During his speech Dr. Tahirul Qadri greeted the nation over the decision of Supreme court.

Meanwhile, Karachi Stock market (KSE) also crashed immediately after the court’s order, as the 100-index fell by 458 points.