ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to approve the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari’s proposal for reutilisation of existing Rental Power Plants (RPPs) through a transparent bidding process to address the prevailing energy crisis in the country.

“We are giving you seven days to implement the judgment in the RPPs case. You should arrest the persons involve in the case and submit their challans in the court of law,” the CJP ordered.

The bench directed the NAB authorities to accelerate efforts for implementation of the verdict in letter and spirit and continue to file fortnightly report in the registrar office for review of the judges.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry expressed dismay over non-implementation of court verdict in letter and spirit that had rescinded all the RPP contracts by declaring them illegal and non-transparent, besides asking the NAB chairman to proceed against all persons, including former minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf and others. In its maiden fortnightly progress report pertaining to implementation of court verdict in the RPPs case, the NAB chief sought approval of the apex court relating to the suggestion that he intended to make the government to rebid all the rental power plants.

After going through the report, the bench decided to hear the case in open court, while Fasih Bokhari was also summoned.

Admonishing the NAB authorities the chief justice said, “Not a single step has been taken by the NAB to implement the court verdict so far, while the person involved in the scam was given portfolio of minister.”

During the course of hearing, NAB Prosecutor General KK Agha told the bench that the bureau was functioning under the rules related to the due process of law, adding that the Interior Ministry was requested to put names of all those involved in the RPPs contract awarding.

The chief justice responded: “We are not asking anybody to go beyond the law. If there is corrupt practice, the Supreme Court has constitutional power to intervene in the matter.”

He said the court had given its judgment after hearing everyone, adding that the time had come to recover the plundered money. KK Agha further said the State Bank of Pakistan was also approached to freeze the accounts of all the concerned individuals and companies having connection with the rescinded RPPs.

“The court has almost done investigation of the case and now its primary responsibility of the NAB to implement the court verdict so that looted wealth of the national kitty could be recovered,” the court said, while noting that it was not possible in given scenario as not a single arrest was made so far in the case.

Justice Khilji Arif Hussain maintained, “Public money has been misappropriated in the RPP contracts; therefore, the NAB is supposed to just implement the verdict of the apex court.”