An accountability court in Islamabad Saturday deferred the indictment of former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in the Rs 22 billion Rental Power Projects (RPP) case against him after hearing an application submitted by his counsel and adjourned the matter to Jan 3.

A judge of accountability court, Muhammad Bashir heard the rental power reference against 10 accused including Raja Pervez Ashraf on Saturday.

During the course of proceedings, counsel for Raja Pervez, Farooq H Naek told the court that his client shouldn’t be indicted since another plea was sub-judice in Lahore High Court, adding that the accountability court should wait till its verdict.

Farooq H Naek said a new indictment will have to be made incase the plea was dismissed, adding that the interim reference would also have to be prepared again.

After hearing the arguments, the court adjourned the hearing till January 3.

Addressing media outside the court, Farooq H Naek said there was no corruption allegation against his client, saying his client was accused of shifting the machinery only.

Former PM Raja Pervez Ashraf said that the court hasn’t held him responsible for any wrongdoing, adding that propaganda was being done without thorough investigation.

Slamming the media, he said it was a wrong practice to politicize every case.

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) formally nominated Raja Pervez Ashraf in the Rs 22 billion rental power projects (RPPs) case in November.

NAB had filed a 263-page reference against Raja Pervez Ashraf in the case.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) politician Raja Pervez Ashraf served as prime minister between June 2012 and March 2013.

Ashraf is accused of receiving kickbacks and commissions from nine rental power project firms for awarding contracts for setting up their projects in 2008 to overcome electricity crisis in the country.

NAB has been investigating 12 RPPs cases in which nine firms reportedly received more than Rs22 billion as mobilisation advance from the government to commission the projects, but most of them were accused of failing to set up plants. The bureau has already recovered Rs13 billion in the case.