NAB, Saleh allowed to sort out outstanding amount against Karkey
The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed Prosecutor General of the National Accountability Bureau (PG NAB) Karim Khan Agha and Pakistan Muslim League-Q MNA Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat to sit together for the settlement of $243 million alleged outstanding amount against Karkey rental power plant, a Turkish ship mounted power plant and apprise it on Thursday with a statement.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry agreed with the PG NAB to sit together with Faisal Saleh Hayat, the petitioner, in the registrar office to settle out the disputed amount.
During the proceedings, KK Agha reiterated his earlier stance that the NAB had no authority to overtake a Turkish flag carrier ship under the NAB Ordinance and the undertaking given in this regard had been withdrawn.
Justice Gulzar Ahmed told him that they could not withdraw such undertaking unilaterally.
He said that the court's objective was that the amount, which belonged to the country, should be secured.
The Chief Justice said that the court had not directed the Additional Prosecutor General NAB rather he came forward voluntarily and submitted an undertaking.
KK Agha contended that he believed that it was done after a directive of the bench. The Additional Prosecutor General NAB Akbar Tarrar said that he had already prayed the court to consider the issue.
The Chief Justice told him that they believed in their order and the undertaking submitted by him. The PG NAB contended that the official was not authorized to submit such undertaking.
He said that the NAB stood with its calculations and drew attention of the bench towards the figures which were already submitted with it.
PML-Q legislator and petitioner Faisal Saleh Hayat said that after the court's decision on rental power plants on March 30, no action was taken for the implementation after a lapse of seven months.
He claimed that $243 million amount was outstanding against the Turkish RPP, adding, $79 million was given as advance payment, whereas $103 million was paid as rental charges besides, $15 million as interest rate.
He said that during the proceedings on the RPPs case, out of 9 RPPs, amount was recovered from five plants while the NAB had to recover amount from four others.
In the Karkey case, the NAB had received $17 million as settlement amount and an advertisement was also published by the Karkey, which was never declined by the NAB, he added.
The NAB investigation officer Colonel (retd) Shahzad Bhatti maintained that no plea bargain was reached with the Kareky.
Rejecting the petitioner's allegations, NAB PG KK Agha said that the authority proceeded under the National Accountability Ordinance, which envisaged plea bargain and voluntarily return options etc and said that they had complied with the court's directions.
He also apprised the bench that a notice upon Karkey was also served under the court's directive but nobody appeared. Further hearing was adjourned till Thursday.