Pakistan’s anti-corruption agency has told the chief justice that there no enough evidence to arrest the Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and other officials over graft in awarding power contracts.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued the arrest order for Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and a number of other officials over allegations of illegal payments for electricity generating projects when Ashraf was minister for water and power,CNN reported.
Ashraf served as the Minister for Water and Power in the Yousaf Raza Gillani-led cabinet from March 2008 to February 2011. 62-year-old Ashraf is accused of receiving kickbacks and commission in the Rental Power Projects (RPPs) .
“There’s no prosecutable evidence against the accused,” Fasih Bokhari, chairman of Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau, told the Supreme Court in Islamabad on Thursday.
Bokhari’s statement was rejected by the court. “You are negating the judgment, your investigating officer has set aside our judgment,” Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, telling the head of the government graft agency to present the relevant files before the court within 20 minutes.