ISLAMABAD – The apex court on Tuesday directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to arrest all those involved in the rental power plants scam and submit a report on January 17 (tomorrow).

The court was hearing the implementation of judgment in RPPs case. Around 22 high-ups would face arrest because they, occupying responsible slots, gave benefits to the RPP companies through award of contracts besides approving advance payments and tariff.

The RPPs’ mode of electricity generation proved a total failure and was incapable of meeting the electricity demand and supply gap on a short-term basis. Moreover, during the award of the contracts, the PPRA rules were violated and the principles of transparency and open competition were not followed. Corruption and misuse of authority was committed by these high-ups in the award of contracts to private companies for setting up their 18 plants in different parts of the country.

The court ordered arrest of all those allegedly involved in the scam worth billions of rupees. Those involved in the scam were Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, ex-minister for water & power, Shahid Rafi, ex-secretary water & power, Shaukat Tareen, ex-finance minister, Salman Siddique, ex-finance secretary, Ismail Qureshi, chairman, Pakistan Electric Power Company (Private) Limited (PEPCO), Munawar Baseer Ahmad, PEPCO managing director, Tahir Basharat Cheema, PEPCO MD, Fazal Ahmad Khan, member power, Muhammad Anwar Khan, chief executive officer, Northern Power Generation Company Limited (NPGCL), Rafiq Butt, NPGCL CEO, Ghulam Mustafa Tunio, NPGCL CEO, Qaisar Akran, chief engineer, (CPP) thermal, Masood Akhtar, chief engineer-IV, Wapda (Water and Power Development Authority), Power Privatisation Organisation (Pakistan (WPPO), Arshad Raza, senior general manager, (T&P) PEPCO, Rana Muhammad Amjid, WPPO GM, Ejaz Babar, NPGCL finance director, Zafar Ali Khan, member, National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA), Ghiasuddin Ahmed, member NEPRA, Khalid Saeed, chairman NEPRA, Maqbool Ahmed Khawaja, member/voice chairman, NEPRA, Insaf Ahmed, director tariff, Abid Ali, CE M/S techno power, Sahuwal Pvt Ltd, would face arrests.

It merits mentioning that the court on March 2012, on the petitions of Federal Housing Faisal Saleh Hayat and PML-N leader Khawaja Asif, ordered cancellation of the RPP contracts and civil as well as criminal action against those responsible for the irregularities.