PM withdraws his review plea in RPPs case - Pakistan News Digest

PM withdraws his review plea in RPPs case

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf withdrew on Monday his review petition he had filed against the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Rental Power Projects (RPPs) case.

When a three-member Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed resumed hearing in the RPPs case on Monday. Waseem Sajjad, counsel for Raja Pervaiz Ashraf apprised the court that he wanted to withdraw his review petition.

The court accepted his request and he withdrew the petition. Later talking to reporters, Waseem Sajjad said that he withdrew the review petition on the instructions of his client. He declined to mention reasons to withdraw the petition.

It may be recalled here that earlier on January 15, the court had ordered arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf along with 15 others, being accused in the RPPs case. On January 17, the court had directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to submit till January 23 complete record of its investigation carried out in the RPPs scam involving billion of rupees corruption.

NAB chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bukhari had told the court that NAB’s investigation report earlier submitted to the Supreme Court in the RPPs case was inaccurate. He had said that the accused nominated in the case will stand acquitted if reference was filed on the basis of NAB’s report. To a court query, he had said that NAB’s investigation reports in RPPs case earlier submitted in the court was totally flawed. He had contended that the NAB’s investigation reports, on whose basis the court had ordered arrest of the Prime Minister and 15 others, did not have the complete record of the case. The court then had sought complete record of the case.


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