Reference filed against ex-Wapda chief over rental power scam

ISLAMABAD: The Natio­nal Accountability Bureau (NAB), Rawalpindi, on Wed­nes­day filed a reference in an accountability court against former chairman of the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) Tariq Hameed and others for alleged corruption in the 150MW Sharaqpur Rental Power Plant (RPP) project.

According to NAB, Mr Hameed, former member power (Wapda) M. Anwar Khalid, ex-member finance Imtiaz Anjum, ex-member M. Mushtaq Chaudary, ex-general manager Fazal Ahmad Khan and owners of a private company — General Electric Energy (GEE) — were involved in corrupt practices regarding illegal award of rental services contract (RSC) to GEE. The contract was awarded without open competitive bidding upon favourable terms and conditions and was in violation of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules, National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nep­ra) Act and directives of the Economic Coordination Com­mittee of the cabinet, which caused huge losses to the national exchequer.

Published in Dawn, 10th May, 2018