Accountability court to indict Sindh CM Murad on June 30
An accountability court in Islamabad has decided to indict Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in Nooriabad power plant reference and fixed June 30 for this purpose, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The court on Tuesday conducted the hearing into fake accounts scandals, Nooriabad power plant and money-laundering reference.
The court accepted the chief minister’s application for exemption from appearance.
The NAB prosecutor told the court that co-accused Muhammad Ali is a fugitive and is out of the country.
The court in reaction declared Muhammad Ali an absconder and issued his permanent warrants.
Judge Asghar Ali ordered to put Muhammad Ali’s name on the Exit Control List (ECL) and block his national identity card.
The judge adjourned the hearing until June 30, directed all the accused to appear before the court on the next hearing.
The Nooriabad power plant reference alleged that Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah issued funds for power projects in Sindh in violation of rules and that billions of rupees were embezzled in the Nooriabad Power Company and the Sindh Transmission and Dispatch Company projects.
The Nooriabad Power Project was originally envisaged by the Sindh government in 2012 but could not materialize then due to “red-tapism and delays in regulatory approvals”.
The project was finally launched in August 2014 under a public-private partnership at a cost of Rs13 billion. The Sindh government held 49 percent of its shares while a private company owned 51 percent.
A 95-km-long, 132kV double-circuit transmission line was laid from Nooriabad to Karachi at a cost of Rs1.95 billion. Murad was adviser to the Sindh chief minister on finance and energy at that time. The NAB alleged that the procedure caused a loss of $16 million to the national exchequer.
Reporter Ehtisham Kiyani