ISLAMABAD: An accountability court rejected the acquittal plea filed by former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in the Naudero II rental power reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday.

Judge Muhammad Bashir issued the verdict on the petition and ordered the trial against the accused to continue.

Ashraf and the others had filed an acquittal plea under the amended NAB Ordinance in 2019. The reference was filed against the accused in 2013 and NAB had opposed the acquittal plea.

The bureau has alleged that the accused incurred a loss of Rs75 million to the national exchequer.

The PPP leader was hoping to get an acquittal in the third reference that has been filed by NAB.

Last month, an accountability court had acquitted Ashraf, former finance minister Shaukat Tareen and six others accused in the Pira Ghaib rental power corruption reference.

The former prime minister was also acquitted in the Rental Power Plant reference regarding the Sahiwal-Multan project in June as well, as NAB failed to prove corruption charges against him.

Originally Posted on Abbtak TV

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