Court adjourns Ex-PM Ashraf's indictment till June 3

Source:  Pakistan Herald Published in Justice on Saturday, May 31, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The indictment of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf was adjourned by Accountability Court on Friday.

Raja Pervez Ashraf, who has served as the Prime Minister of Pakistan in the previous government is being tried in the court for his involvement in multi-billion-rupee scam of Rental Power Projects (RPPs). The former secretary and additional secretary Water and Power Ministry, former Chairman, MD and DG of Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) are also accused in the case.

The accused, including Ashraf and former finance minister Shaukat Tareen and others were to be charge-sheeted on Saturday; however, the court adjourned the case proceeding till June 3 over nonappearance on the accused. The Accountability Court judge Muhammad Bashir has re-summoned all the accused on the next hearing.

Former Prime Minister Ashraf, who is also central leader of the Pakistan People Party(PPP), had been under probe for his role in allotting rental power projects as a water and power minister in the cabinet of ex-PM Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani. The Supreme Court of Pakistan in March 2012 has declared all such projects unlawful and ordered investigations against the officials, including the ex- Prime Minister Ashraf.

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