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Court reserves verdict on petition seeking Babar Awan’s acquittal in the Nandipur power project


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An accountability court has reserved its verdict on a petition seeking the acquittal of lawyer Babar Awan in the Nandipur power plant case.

The verdict will be announced on February 20.

NAB and Awan presented their final arguments on Monday. Awan, who served as the federal minister for law and justice in the cabinet of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani, said that two summaries were submitted to the law ministry for the project but he wasn’t the law minister then.

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He said that his name is not mentioned anywhere in the reference filed by NAB.

The NAB prosecutor contended that the law ministry did not cooperate with the accountability bureau during Awan’s tenure.

“The national exchequer incurred losses worth billions of rupees because of one person,” the prosecutor said. “Now, that person is saying he didn’t do anything.” We have 37 witnesses who are willing to testify against Awan, he said.

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On September 4, 2018 Awan resigned as Prime Minister Imran Khan’s adviser on parliamentary affairs after NAB filed a corruption reference against him and the PPP’s former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf

The reference said that the two delayed the Nandipur project that caused a loss of Rs27 billion to the national exchequer.

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