Nandipur power case Court to announce its verdict on Babar Awan’s acquittal plea today

Nandipur case: Court defers its verdict in Babar Awan’s acquittal plea till May 31

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court has once again deferred the announcement of its reserved verdict on acquittal plea filed by PTI senior leader Dr Babar Awan in Nandipur Power Project reference, on Wednesday.

According to details, the lawyers of other accused in the reference were asked to present their arguments on acquittal of their clients named in the reference today, but the process could not be completed.

Later, the hearing of the case was adjourned till May 31.

During the hearing, Judge Arshad Malik remarked, “I will announce my verdict on the Awan’s acquittal plea on next hearing [May 31]”.

It may be recalled that the NAB court earlier, had reserved the verdict in the case thrice but deferred the announcement of its reserved verdict on acquittal plea filed by former law minister Dr Babar Awan.

It may be noted that, the court had reserved its ruling in the case on April 26.

The National Accountability Bureau in the reference, contended that the Nandipur Power Project project had faced a delay of two years, one month and 15 days, resulting in a loss of Rs 27.3 billion to the national exchequer.

The power plant project, located in Gujranwala district of Punjab, could not be completed and operated on time because the accused, Babar Awan failed to issue legal opinions.

The Nandipur Power Project was approved by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) in December 2007 at a cost of 329 million dollars.

d by the PTI leader Babar Awan in the Nandipur Power Project reference, on Tuesday (today).

The verdict will be pronounced by the AC Judge Arshad Malik, while lawyers of other accused in the reference have been asked to present their arguments on their acquittal today.

Earlier on May 6, the court had again deferred the pronouncement of a verdict Babar Awan’s acquittal plea in the reference.

Accountability Court Judge Arshad Malik was due to announce the verdict, after it was previously deferred on April 30, however, the announcement of judgment was delayed due to the judge’s absence.

It may be noted that, the court had reserved its ruling in the case on April 26.

The National Accountability Bureau in the reference, contended that the Nandipur Power Project project had faced a delay of two years, one month and 15 days, resulting in a loss of Rs 27.3 billion to the national exchequer.

The power plant project, located in Gujranwala district of Punjab, could not be completed and operated on time because the accused, Babar Awan failed to issue legal opinions.

The Nandipur Power Project was approved by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) in December 2007 at a cost of 329 million dollars.

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