NAB Chairman Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari. — Photo by AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: An officer involved in the investigation of the Rental Power Projects (RPP) case was found dead at the federal lodges number 2 in Islamabad, DawnNews reported.

Kamran Faisal who held the position of assistant director in the NAB allegedly committed suicide.

Faisal's body was found hanging from a ceiling fan, police said, whereas sources told DawnNews that he was reportedly under extreme pressure during his investigation of the RPP case.

Police added that Faisal's body had been taken to investigate the cause of death.

Inspector General Islamabad Police said Faisal's death appeared to be a suicide.

Faisal was among two officials who had been suspended for recommending to Director General of NAB Rawalpindi Col (retd) Subeh Sadiq that he should submit references against the accused in the two RPP cases to the NAB’s head office, a bureau official had told the Supreme Court last week.

Sadiq, who had heeded the advice of the investigating officers, was also suspended, the official had said.

RPP case

The Supreme Court has been hearing a case over the implementation of its March 2012 ruling on rental power projects in which it had held the RPP contracts non-transparent and had ordered that these be rescinded.

During a hearing of the implementation case earlier this week, the court had directed the authorities to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and 15 others accused in the case.

Prime Minister Ashraf has been accused of receiving kickbacks and commission in the RPP case as minister for water and power.

In the case, nine RPPs firms were accused of receiving more than Rs22 billion as a mobilisation advance from the government to commission the projects but most of them did not set up their plants and a few of them installed them but with inordinate delay.

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