SC dismisses Nandipur petition after NAB information reference
The Supreme Court docket (SC) on Wednesday wrapped up a case pertaining to the delay within the development in Nandipur energy mission after the three-member bench was informed that the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed a reference on this regard.
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, who was heading the bench, expressed satisfaction over the event and stated that NAB shouldn’t let the SC’s observations “have an effect on the accountability court docket”.
He added that the appliance — filed by former defence minister Khawaja Asif — had been rendered ineffective after NAB’s reference and dismissed it.
The chief justice stated that the delay within the submitting of the reference was because of the regulation ministry’s lack of cooperation.
Nandipur energy mission case
The Nandipur case was initiated in August this 12 months when the SC restored the 2011 petition of former minister for defence Khawaja Asif on alleged corruption within the development of 525-megawatt mixed cycle energy plant at Nandipur (Gujranwala). The court docket had additionally issued notices to Wapda and the Pakistan Electrical Energy Firm.
In 2013, the apex court docket on the petition appointed a one-man fee of retired Justice Rehmat Hussain Jafri on the Nandipur mission. In its 94-page report, the fee concluded that the nationwide exchequer suffered a colossal lack of Rs113 billion because of negligence of the then federal regulation ministry for inflicting delay in giving needed approval and finishing paperwork for the execution of 950-megawatt energy technology tasks of Nandipur and Chichon-Ki-Malian.
The fee dominated that there was negligence on the a part of the chief authorities of the federal regulation ministry, which triggered the delay in completion of the tasks.
The report defined that Nandipur and Chichon-Ki-Malian tasks couldn’t take off because of the legal negligence of the federal regulation ministry on frivolous technical grounds. It added that the regulation ministry didn’t clear the issuance of sovereign assure of the finance ministry to the contractor, ensuing within the termination of labor.
Babar Awan, the then regulation minister, later informed the SC bench headed by then CJP Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry that he was being persecuted by his political opponents.