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June 14, 2018

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NAB chief orders inquiry of alleged fraud in Nandipur Power Project

ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Accountability Bureau Justice ® Javed Iqbal has ordered Director General NAB Lahore to conduct inquiry of alleged corruption in outsourcing Nandipur Power Project Gujranwala.

Chairman NAB Justice (R) Javed Iqbal ordered an inquiry in the direction of a Supreme Court order to examine corruption allegations with reference to the findings of the one-man commission of former Justice Rehmat Hussain Jafri on the Nandipur power project.

A three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had ordered NAB to probe alleged corruption in the power project on June 7.

During the proceedings, the Chief Justice had asked how long the file related to the project would remain pending in the law ministry.

The Secretary Ministry of Energy had told the bench, “Nandipur power project was established in 2005 to generate 525 megawatts of electricity. It was estimated to cost Rs22 billion but it went up to Rs58 billion due to delays.”

It is to be mentioned here that during the course of hearing on June 7, the chief justice also expressed annoyance at the “exploitation of labour” by the state after a workers’ union representative said the government had not paid the employees working on the Nandipur Power Project.

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