The country’s top graft buster has filed a reference against the former head of WAPDA for awarding contracts without due competitive process in the Accountability Court (AC) Islamabad.
National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) Rawalpindi chapter on Wednesday filed the reference against ex-Chairman Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Tariq Hameed and others over the contracts awarded in the 150MW Sharaqpur RPP project.
In line with the details, the previous chairman of the power authority in cahoots with the top execs of WAPDA had allegedly awarded the Rental Services Contract (RSC) to M/S GEE without open and competitive bidding process in favourable conditions, which was simultaneously in serious violation of Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) regulations, NEPRA Act and the guidelines laid down by Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet, which took quite a toll on the coffers of the state.
The individuals included in the reference filed by NAB include, ex-Chairman WAPDA Tariq Hameed, ex-member power Anwar Khalid, ex-member finance Imtiaz Anjum, ex-member Mushtaq Chaudhary, ex-GM WPPO Fazal Ahmad and M/S General Electric Energy (GEE).
According to a NAB presser issued here, the graft-buster has so far managed to recover nearly Rs3, 602 million in Rental Power Projects (RPPs) and return it to governmental entities and other concerned departments.
NAB’s Rawalpindi chapter has in total probed some 12 Rental Power Project scam cases, and has filed references with the AC in all 12 cases. These cases include Karkey Ship, Piranghaib Multan, Sahuwal Sialkot, Guddu Sindh, Naudero II Sindh, Summundri Road, Naudero-I Sindh, M/S Reshma Power Generation Raiwind, M/S Young Gen Power Ltd, Bhikki Sheikhupura, M/S Gulf Rental Power Pvt Ltd. The 150 MW-Sharaqpur RPP is the latest in the string of references to filed with the court.
Ex-prime minister Pervaiz Ashraf, ex-Minister Shaukat Tareen, ex-Minister Finance Ismail Qureshi, ex-Secretary and Chairman PEPCO, Shahid Rafi and Tahir Basharat Cheema, ex MD PEPCO are also named in the NAB reference.
NAB Director-General (DG) Rawalpindi Irfan Naeem has said that the accountability department believes in ‘across the board accountability’ and focuses on cases rather than faces under the able guidance of NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal.