Ex-Wapda chief appears before NAB, denies corruption charges
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Former Wapda chairman Le Gen ® Muzammil Hussain appeared before the NAB in Lahore on Monday in a corruption case against him, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The anti-graft watchdog asked the former Wapda chairman to appear before the court with a complete record.
The NAB received complaints of billions of rupees misappropriation and slow pace of work on the Wapda projects. The bureau was informed about $753 million corruption in Tarbela IV Expansion project. A probe was launched against the ex-Wapda chief for allegedly asking the contractors to make wrong payments.
Earlier, Mr Hussain was also summoned by the NAB Lahore but he did not appear before it.
However, today he went to the NAB office in Lahore where the bureau sleuths grilled him.
Later, talking to the media, Mr Hussain denied charges against him saying they were totally baseless. He expressed his exasperation saying how come a corruption of $753 million was made when the total cost of the project was $750 million.
He said that he gave answers to every question, the NAB officials asked him. He said he was not given any questionnaire by the watchdog.
“From my side, the matter is clear. Whenever the NAB summons me, I will come,” he added.
The former Wapda chief said that the Tarbela IV Expansion project was completed before time and even its cost was recovered in just one year’s time.
He, however, denied any political motives behind the NAB case against him. He said the watchdog received complaints against him and it thought it wise to conduct some verification.
He denied paying contractors before time and also rubbished the news of incurring a daily loss to the tune of Rs280 million.
Reporter: Rao Dilshad Hussain