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Nandipur project case: NAB court again reserves verdict on Babar Awan’s acquittal plea

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ISLAMABAD: An accountability court hearing Nandipur power project case on Wednesday has once again reserved the verdict on acquittal plea filed by former law minister Dr Babar Awan.

According to report, the accountability court will now announce the verdict on February 25 on the plea in the reference regarding delay in Nandipur Power Project.

Accountability court judge Arshad Malik heard the case over the acquittal of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Dr Babar Awan.

Judge Arshad Malik had made his decision after hearing arguments of Dr Babar Awan, the National Accountability Bureau prosecutor and former prime minister Raja Parvez Ashraf’s counsel.

The judge said he would not announce the verdict over the acquittal plea for now and first review the record.

He said it was an established truth that the Nandipur project was delayed, only this had to be established whether this delay was caused because of the former law minister or not.

judge also asked the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as to what will happen to rest of the suspects if Babar Awan was acquitted.

The NAB prosecutor responded that others would also want the same treatment.

Earlier on Monday, the court had reserved the verdict of Nandipur Power Project case.

Judge Arshad Malik had made his decision after hearing arguments of Dr Babar Awan, the National Accountability Bureau prosecutor and former prime minister Raja Parvez Ashraf’s counsel.

During hearing, Dr Awan informed the court that he was not the law minister when two summaries had been sent to the Ministry of Law. “The new law minister did not even grant an approval after I left. Approvals are the law secretary’s responsibility and not the minister’s.”

He accepted that the Nandipur project was not completed but alleged that a corruption reference was initiated against him selectively.

Relaying his arguments to the court, the NAB prosecutor informed that the Rehmat Hussain Jafri commission’s report is present. “The law minister did issue one form that was required. The entire blame is on the incompetency level of the law ministry during Dr Awan’s tenure.”

Upon hearing this, Judge Malik had remarked that this is such a small issue.

Presenting his arguments before the court, the counsel for former PM Ashraf had said, “Before a charge sheet is filed, all the convicts are supposed to provide all the relevant documents.”

His lawyer further added that he had wanted to present some reports to the court before a decision pertaining to the case is made.

Hearing had been adjourned till February 20 after Judge Malik reserved the verdict.

D: An accountability court on Wednesday will announce the verdict of Nandipur Power Project case.

According to details, Accountability court judge Arshad Malik will hear the case and he will announce today if former law minister Dr Babar Awan gets acquitted or not in the case.

Earlier on Monday, the court had reserved the verdict of Nandipur Power Project case.

The court had made his decision after hearing arguments of Dr Babar Awan, the National Accountability Bureau prosecutor and former prime minister Raja Parvez Ashraf’s counsel.

During the hearing, Dr Awan informed the court that he was not the law minister when two summaries had been sent to the Ministry of Law. “The new law minister did not even grant an approval after I left. Approvals are the law secretary’s responsibility and not the minister’s.”

He accepted that the Nandipur project was not completed but alleged that a corruption reference was initiated against him selectively.

Relaying his arguments to the court, the NAB prosecutor informed that the Rehmat Hussain Jafri commission’s report is present. “The law minister did issue one form that was required. The entire blame is on the incompetency level of the law ministry during Dr Awan’s tenure.”

Upon hearing this, Judge Malik had remarked that this is such a small issue.

Presenting his arguments before the court, the counsel for former PM Ashraf had said, “Before a charge sheet is filed, all the convicts are supposed to provide all the relevant documents.”

His lawyer further added that he had wanted to present some reports to the court before a decision pertaining to the case is made.

Hearing had been adjourned till February 20 after Judge Malik reserved the verdict.

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