ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday again filed reference of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) scandal.
The anti-corruption watchdog has addressed the objections raised by the registrar office of the accountability court and re-filed the reference, nominating former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and nine others as accused.
NAB judge Azam Khan will formally hear the reference in courtroom number 2.
It is worth mentioning here that the apex court on September 10, 2018, had directed NAB to complete inquiry against Abbasi and others for alleged corruption in the LNG contract.
As the minister for petroleum and natural resources, Abbasi has been accused of granting contract on LNG Terminal to ETPL, tri-partial agreement, LSA with EETPL and LNG import from Qatar etc.
In June 2018, NAB approved inquiry against former premier Nawaz Sharif and Abbasi, who was the minister for petroleum and natural resources at that time, in granting contract of LNG terminal for 15 years to their ‘favorite’ company.
It was also observed that this contract had allegedly caused a loss of billions of rupees to the national exchequer.
In January, NAB interrogated former finance minister Miftah Ismail in the same case.
According to NAB documents, the contract for the LNG import and distribution was awarded to the Elengy Terminal, a subsidiary of Engro, in 2013 in violation of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules and relevant laws.