ISLAMABAD - The executive board meeting of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is expected today (Tuesday) to discuss the final approval of references regarding mega corruption cases like OGRA, Modarba and RPPs (Piranghaib, Naudero-II), well-placed sources told The Nation on Monday.

According to details, despite clear directions of the accountability court No. 1 Islamabad to submit the final challan of the ever biggest Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) scam amounting to Rs 120 billion, the NAB failed to meet the deadline given by the AC-1 Islamabad and the NAB prosecutor requested the court for more time to finalise the reference, the sources added.

The NAB has obtained two weeks more for the submission of final reference regarding multi-billion Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) scam as the Accountability Court (AC)-1 Islamabad directed the prosecution wing to submit the final challan before December 2.

The upcoming executive board meeting would discuss the final approval of the OGRA scam, which is expected to hold on Tuesday (today), it was learnt. According to sources after the final approval of the reference from the EBM and the Chairman NAB, the final challan regarding the accused and involved persons would be submitted to the accountability court for further legal course of action, the sources added.

Earlier, the court directed the NAB to accomplish the final report by November 4 and submit it to the court for further trial of the OGRA scam and the investigation team completed and submitted the final interrogation and investigation report to the NAB authorities in time before the Ac-1 deadline for final approval, the sources added.

The amount of the OGRA scam has increased up to Rs120 billion as the federal watchdog has already filed an interim reference of Rs44 in the AC-1. Finally, the NAB found 11 accused allegedly involved in the OGRA scam, including former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani, former advisor to president Dr Asim Hussain, energy tycoon Iqbal Z Ahmed, Mirza Mehmood Advocate, former chairman OGRA Tauqir Sadiq, and other five officials from gas utility companies like SNGPL and SSGCL, the sources added. Similarly, the Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir took up OGRA multi-billion rupees scam for hearing on Monday (November 4) and Additional Deputy Prosecutor General (ADPG) NAB Chaudhry Riaz told the court that the final challan in respect of this case has not been approved so far.

He prayed to the court to give 10 days more for presenting the challan. On this, the court directed him to present final challan on the next hearing on November 18, the sources said.