Fake complainant against dam exposed by NAB: WAPDA sues fake complainant in Supreme Court

Fake complainant against dam exposed by NAB: WAPDA sues fake complainant in Supreme Court

December 01, 2019:  With a view to finding out the real culprits and bringing them to the justice, the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has filed a Civil Miscellaneous Application (CMA) before the Supreme Court against the elements which were involved in filing a false complaint to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and a frivolous writ petition before the Lahore High Court against award of Consultancy Contract for Mohmand Dam to impede development of water resources in general and construction of Mohmand Dam Hydropower Project in particular.

In the CMA filed before the 5-Member Implementation Bench of the Supreme Court, WAPDA has prayed that the apex court may direct the investigating agencies to find out the real culprit behind such frivolous exercises against the projects by unnecessarily involving the Courts, the NAB and the executing organizations.

It is pertinent to mention that a complaint was lodged in the name of Mehboob Elahi to the NAB on May 21, 2019 against award of Consultancy Contract for Mohmand Dam Project. The NAB was requested to take action against WAPDA for procuring the consultancy services in violation of the rules. Soon after, a writ petition was also filed in the Lahore High Court on May 25, 2019 using the name and identity of Mehboob Elahi, requesting the Court to issue a stay order against the award of the said contract.

The NAB started probe in the matter. Later on, the Lahore High Court also directed the NAB Chairman to decide the complaint. Subsequently, WAPDA provided complete record in the matter as requisite by the NAB, stating that the whole process was completed in accordance with the relevant rules.

Meanwhile, the NAB also summoned the complainant - Mehboob Elahi, a resident of Choti Zerein of Dera Ghazi Khan District – through its office in Multan and the Police to substantiate his case. Mehboob Elahi denied filing of any such complaint to the NAB or writ petition in the Lahore High Court, stating that neither he has any nexus with the complaint and writ petition nor he is interested to become part of the proceedings.

Consequently, the complaint was dismissed by the NAB Chairman after adopting due process of law.

WAPDA in the CMA mentioned that it is clear from the cavalier attitude of the petitioner that somebody if not him is trying to create hindrance which will affect the smooth and timely construction of Mohmand Dam. It also speaks volumes about the modus operandi of the fourth generation warfare being used against the construction of a Project of immense national importance, the CMA further states.