ISLAMABAD -  More than 50 mega corruption cases are still pending with the National Accountability Bureau for investigation as the deadline set for completion of the probe into the high profile cases will expire this week.

According to documents available with The Nation, NAB submitted details of 179 mega corruption scams of several politicians, businessmen and government officials in the Supreme Court last year.

The Bureau gave November 15 the date of completion of 53 high profile cases, including cases against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and three former premiers Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, former CM Balochistan Nawaz Aslam Khan Raisani, former CM Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, former finance minister Shaukat Tareen and Finance Secretary Shahid Rafi, former cabinet minster of PPP Firdous Ashiq Awan and Haroon Akhtar Khan and Sabah Haroon Akhtar.

The documents reveled that NAB launched the investigation against Sharifs in cases of illegal appointments in FIA and construction of a road at the cost of Rs126 million in the suburbs of Lahore to facilitate traffic to their sprawling Raiwind estate where the ruling family resides. Similarly, Chaudhries of Gujrat are also under investigation in case of misuse of authority during their regime. Shujaat Hussain and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf are also facing probes. Former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf is being scrutinised in the Rental Power Plants (RPP) case.

Another inquiry is under process against Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Shaukat Tareen for awarding RPP contract to M/s Young Gen Power Ltd, Faisalabad in violation of rules.

In the inquiry against government officials and others for award of Rental Power Plant (RPP) contract to M/s GE Sheikhupura (Pvt) Ltd, former PM Raja Pervaiz Asharf and ex-finance minister Shukat Tareen are the main accused and Rs2.970 billion are involved in this case.

According to documents, a scam of Tandlianwala Sugar Mills worth Rs700 million against Ghazi Haroon Akhtar, Haroon Akhtar Khan is also under probe in NAB.

Sources told The Nation, NAB had asked all regional bureaus to submit the status reports over ongoing investigations of high profile corruption cases to NAB headquarters. He said all bureaus are sending their quarterly reports to NAB headquarters with the status of pending investigations. 

He said that NAB had given a clean chit to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in money lauding case a few months back on the recommendations of NAB investigation team.