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Raja Ashraf too 'sick' to appear before NAB

15 May, 2013

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ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister and senior leader of Pakistan People's Party (PPP), Raja Pervez Ashraf failed to appear before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigators in relation to the Rs22 billion Rental Power Projects (RPPs) scam on Tuesday.

Raja Pervez Ashraf through a written reply informed the NAB that due to health problems, he would not be able to appear before the investigators.

The Bureau had summoned the former premier, who is among the accused in the RPP case, on Tuesday to record his statement.

Reports suggest that his name has also been put on the Exit Control List (ECL) after he allegedly tried to leave the country along with members of his family.

In the RPP scam, nine firms were accused of receiving more than Rs22 billion as mobilisation advance from the government to commission the projects, but most of them did not set up their plants. Of the total recoverable amount of Rs22 billion, NAB has so far recovered Rs5 billion, in addition to Rs8 billion paid by the firms on the directives of the Supreme Court.

It has been learnt that NAB has decided to file a reference against the accused, including the former prime minister, three former federal ministers and four former federal secretaries.

"As per directives of the Supreme Court, NAB has to file the reference on the RPP scam before May 27," said a senior NAB officer who did not want to be named.

He confirmed that the reference was being submitted against 16 accused. The Supreme Court also has put the names of the accused on the ECL.

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