ISLAMABAD Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary during the hearing of Rental Power Plants (RPPs) on Tuesday said that action should be taken against all those involved in alleged corruption in RPPs. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman was hearing a suo moto petition taken on the letter of Parliamentary Leader of PML-Q Faisal Saleh Hayat. The Chief Justice observed that common man was deprived of facilities while few specific peoples accounts were filled. He said that nobody would be allowed to waste the money of taxpayers. He said that income gap was widening day by day, adding the Constitution guarantees protection of life and assets, and Article 9 was violated in this case. Justice Iftikhar inquired from the counsel for Ministry of Water and Power and Pepco, Khawaja Tariq Rahim, Whose brainchild was the Rental Power Plans? The learned counsel replied that there was shortage of over 4000 MW and, therefore, a Ministry of Water and Power on May 11, 2008 had moved a summary to the Cabinet for approval, which the cabinet had approved on May 14, 2008. Justice Ramday said that according to the documents available before the court, it appeared the secretary proposed that 1,200 MW were required that would be acquired from the private sector 200 from RPPs and 1000 from the IPPs. He said the secretary might have thought about the power shortage but what prompted him to move the summary. Khawaja Tariq informed that a draft summary prepared to avail views and comments from NEPRA. CJ questioned whether the NEPRA had sent its comments before the summary was moved to the cabinet. Tariq replied that NEPRAs representative was present in the cabinet meeting. During the proceedings, the judges kept on asking for the relevant documents i.e. copy of RPP contracts, bids, letter of expression, and the pre-qualification rules. The counsel of the PEPCO, NEPRA and Ministry of Water and Power, who were present in the court, failed to provide them. Kh Tariq told that he would submit the required documents in the next date of hearing. Justice Ramday said that Faisal Saleh Hayat in his petition had levelled serious allegation that RPPs is mother of all scams, fake and no bids were given. He asked the learned counsel, If you dont have document regarding his allegations then we will decide the case. Kh Tariq said, if there were some deficiencies then it does show the male fide intentions of the government. Ramday said: You have to establish your good faith. Earlier, PML-N leader Khawaja Asif informed the court that not a single unit was added to the system after spending 15 crore dollars on Rental Power Plants (RPPs). In spite of gas shortage in the country, RPPs were provided uninterrupted gas supply. He said that the two companies, which were paid by the government, have been completely failed, and no action has been taken against them. Faisal Saleh Hayat in his argument said that Rs1700 million were sent abroad through Malik Exchange in the name of Iqbal Afridi. FIA was handed over the case but it didnt take any action, he said and added corruption was involved in this project thats why no action was taken.