ISLAMABAD - The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday decided to interrogate former Prime Ministers Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf and former Petroleum Minister Dr Asim Hussain to record their statements regarding illegal appointment of former OGRA chairman Tauqir Sadiq.

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The NAB Investigating Officer (IO) Waqas on Thursday told a three-member bench headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja that heard the case regarding the implementation of its judgment on appointment of Tauqir Sadiq, who is also involved in the Rs 82 billion scam.

During the hearing, Prosecutor General NAB K.K. Agha told the bench that UAE’s court would likely to give its decision regarding the extradition of Tauqir Sadiq on June 3 as the hearing of the case had been completed.

The IO stated that Raja Pervez Asharf would appear before the investigating team on May 27 and Yousuf Raza Gilani on 29th of this month for recording their statements about the illegal appointments of Tauqir Sadiq. He further said that NAB had also summoned Dr Asim in the same matter on May 30. The hearing of the case is adjourned on June 4.

It is worth mentioning here that Tauqir Sadiq is the brother-in-law of PPP Secretary General Jahangir Badar and he was appointed as OGRA chairman by the federal government in July 2009. He (Sadiq) was accused in Rs82 billion scam.

The Supreme Court had on November 24, 2011 struck down the appointment of Tauqir Sadiq as OGRA chairman declaring his appointment as illegal and void ab initio. The NAB had already told the SC that Raja Pervez Ashraf was chairman of interview board while federal secretaries Zafar Mehmood and Nargis Sethi were members of the board that approved the illegal appointment of Tauqeer Sadiq. It had also informed that Yousuf Raza Gilani was the prime minister at the time, adding that they were all involved in the appointment.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to Federal Secretary Finance to file comment in the matter relating to mega scam pertaining to Nandipur power project.

A 3-member bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the petition filed by PML-N leader Khawaja Asif.

Recalling the apex court’s retired judge Rehmat Hussain Jaffari Commission report, Khawaja Asif said that delay in Nandipur project resulted in a loss of Rs 113 billion to national kitty and said the project was scheduled to be completed in 2011.

He further pointed out that with the passage of time such a huge loss would not be recoverable whereas there are chances that machinery of the project will become dysfunctional. Khawaja told the bench that Rs720 million were paid as demurrages saying bill of lading is subjected to release of bank in the current matter.

Khawaja Tariq Rahim, counsel for Ministry of Water and Power, submitted that a sovereign guarantee of Rs 24 billion is required in the current matter. Upon that the Chief Justice, in a light vein, said that the court shall implore the federal finance secretary to release the amount so that delay in the project could be avoided.

During the proceedings, former law secretary Masood Chisti was also present in response to a court notice. Hearing of the matter was adjourned till May 28.