ISLAMABAD - National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) on Wednesday conceded that the Rental Power Projects (RPPs) contracts were non-transparent and the Supreme Court has power to annul them or give guidelines in this regard. While the Supreme Court sought copies of Rental Services Contracts (RSC) and 'Goods Declarations (inventory bills) from the Federal government. The Chief Justice directed the Additional Secretary Ministry of Water and Power to provide these documents on Thursday (today). Najam-ul-Hassan Kazmi, NEPRAs counsel, while arguing his case said the RPPs were unilateral favouritism, as companies were paid money without the NEPRA review. He said none of the companies, except Gulf Power, worked in accordance with their contracts. 'Guddu Power Company was given Rs 1.25 billion while its machinery was transferred to Naudero-II project. The advance was also claimed on it as well, while the Yang Gen did not apply to NEPRA for tariff but was given money, he said. A two-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry which also comprised Justice Khilji Arif Hussain that heard the case till 5 pm and observed that now it has been proved that the projects were non-transparent. The CJP remarked that despite irregularities in RPPs no case was registered against the responsible persons. He said: 'Why our conscience has not shaken yet as people are busy in looting national wealth. 'Our neighbouring country that got freedom one day after Pakistan has progressed and also look at Bangladesh, while Korea which copied our five-year plan where it is now, he added. The Chief Justice said the UAE that had borrowed aeroplanes from Pakistan to start its airline and has now separate terminal for its planes, where planes of other countries cant land. 'The country is going down and down but nobody has presented himself voluntary for accountability, he added. The CJP said people have come from abroad and just passing time. Justice Khilji Arif Hussain said these people have packed up their brief cases to fly out of the country in case some problem starts. Anwar Kamal, whom the court designated amicus curiae, argued that the companies who had show interest in setting up of RPPs cannot bring machineries in Pakistan without paying Customs documents. He prayed to the court that the authorities should be asked where are the import documents of the Karkey and other RPPs companies and who had paid Customs duties on their behalf?. Raja Anwar-ul-Haq, counsel for Techno-E said that the relevant companies are deemed owner of the documents ,adding, that WAPDA had paid Customs duties of the machinery, electrical engines and the equipment imported in Pakistan. Kamal questioned how the WAPDA have Good Declarations of the companies and it paid Custom duties on their behalf. He said Karkey that first signed contract on December 5th, 2008, which was not given effect ,therefore, another contract was signed with the company on 23-04-2009, was paid 14 per cent mobilisation advance. He said that the criminal negligence has sunk the entire country as instead of rehabilitating Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and providing them fuel the government doled out money to RPPs companies, adding: 'The whole scheme was manipulated and contrived to defraud. Najamul Hassan earlier pleaded that Walter Power Company has taken advance twice of the same machinery. 'It obtained mobilisation advance for Guddu project, but did not start production and when it transferred the same machinery to Naudero it again charged advance payment, he said. He said they have informed the Ministry of Water and Power about the irregularities in the RPPs, but no action was taken. He said NEPRA does not have authority to cancel the project, because if they would have then the govt had to pay fine to the companies. The Chief Justice said criminal negligence was made in the whole affair. He said the judges are called cruel when they pass judgements. 'Everyone talks about independence of judiciary, but courts verdicts are not implemented, he said. The NEPRA counsel apprised that money borrowed from banks on interest for payment of mobilisation advance to RPPs firms was not taken back with interest. He said the money was paid to companies in US dollars, adding, at that time dollar rate was equivalent to Pak Rs 66, but now it is equivalent to Rs 86. He said the companies now say that they would return money in Pak rupees, which rate was prevalent at that time, and not in US dollars. He said the companies after signing the agreement had to start operation within 180 days, but that did not happen and still many companies do not have COD. The Chief Justice inquired from NEPRA counsel that nobody objected to it? Mr. Kazmi replied they did. He said the rental projects were started as industries were suffering due to power shortage, but it did not prove successful. He said NEPRA asked the govt to stop work on RPPs, adding, in June and July this year when there was immense loadshedding in the country the RPPs produced electricity from 100MW to 125MW. Kazmi said the NEPRA had made it clear they would give money to companies in accordance with the power they would produce. He said according to NAB Ordinance the projects worth over Rs 50 million should be advertised on Pepra website but did not happen. The hearing was adjourned till Thursday (today). Anwar Kamal will continue his arguments as well on Thursday.