An accountability court on Monday (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.
Other people mentioned in reference included former law secretary Riaz Kiyani, Masood Chisti, former consultant Shamila Mahmood, former joint secretary Riaz Mehmood and former secretary Shahid Rafi, for causing a loss of Rs27 billion to the national exchequer through delay in the project.
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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