An Accountability court on Tuesday (April 30) once again deferred the announcement of its reserved verdict on acquittal plea filed by former law minister Dr Babar Awan in Nandipur Power Project reference and said that court will announce its verdict after hearing all the pleas.
As the hearing underwent today, the AC Judge, Arshad Malik said, the pleas of acquittal filed by other accused in the reference are also under the trial in the court. The court later adjourned the hearing into the case until May 6. Earlier the court on March 11 during the hearing of a case regarding Nandipur Power Project, indicted former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, former law minister Babar Awan and five others.
The Nandipur Power Project is a 425 MW combined cycle thermal power plant situated at Nandipur near Gujranwala in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Prior and after construction, the project continued to attract a number of court cases, inquiries, investigations, audits, and political and commercial disputes. The plant collapsed after 5 days of operation, launching a series of inquiries ordered by then prime minister Nawaz Sharif. The Nandipur Power Project was approved by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) in December 2007 at a cost of 329 million dollars.
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