ISLAMABAD - Former Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, appearing before a two-member bench of the apex court on Thursday confessed that he pursued the policy of previous government in Rental Power Projects. He said that the bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and also comprised on Justice Khilji Arif Hussain that two ministers before him had formulated the RPPs policy and the plants were also installed, saying there was no mala fide in the RPPs. He said that the actual power shortage in the country is 8000MW. The court has directed him to provide the documents of international conference held in the country on electricity shortage. Lambasting Federal Minister for Housing and Works Faisal Saleh Hayat, Ashraf said that he had personal grudge with him, therefore, he approached the Supreme Court against him over RPPs. He said that Faisal was maligning him because he strongly criticized Faisal when he had joined the government in 2002 after wining election on PPP ticket. He said that he needed the court's protection and justice regarding the matter because he had been ridiculed everywhere on the matter of RPPs. He agreed that RPPs was producing electricity with high tariff but there was no alternative to overcome the power shortage in short period. He said that during his tenure the work started on various hydel projects including Neelum, Kohala and Bhasha, solar and coal in order to overcome the energy crisis in the country. The former minister blamed the previous regimes that no attention was given to power sector and IPPs, which were introduced by Pakistan People's Party in 1994. Rejecting the allegation of purchasing a flat in London, he clarified that he had no property as well as account in any other foreign country. Regarding transparency, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf emotionally said that no bidder had objected over the award of RPPs contract, which showed that there was no question of transparency in these projects. He also informed that former president Pervez Mushrraf had inaugurated Bhasha Dam without acquiring land, but the incumbent government has obtained the land and the work on it has been initiated. Raja said that many countries in the world were facing immense shortage of energy and they were relaying on RPPs. The Chief Justice earlier hearing the case observed that no one had taken care of the consumers' interest. He said that nation had given the opportunity to the democratic government to resolve their problems. The CJP said that the court would also involve Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on the issue of customs duty on the import of RPPs, which caused loss to national exchequer. The Chief Justice asked Waseem Sajjad; "What kind of minister was your client, who did not know what was happening in his ministry." He said that now it would not happen that IG did crime and the constable would be arrested on his illegal act. The counsel for Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Waseem Sajjad, said that his client had tried to overcome the power shortage in the country but he was failed in his attempt. He said that though the former minister had initiated the summary regarding the RPPs but it was the decision of Prime Minister, Planning Division, petroleum and finance ministries. The hearing was adjourned till Monday.