RPP case: Investigating officer found dead
An Pakistani investigator, who was probing the Rental Power Projects (RPP) case involving Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his official residence in Islamabad on Friday, reports said.
Kamran Faisal, who was the assistant Director of National Accountably Bureau (NAB), allegedly committed suicide, said police.
His body was found hanging from the ceiling fan at his residence, the police said.
"Investigative officer, Kamran Faisal, was residing in room no. 1 of Federal Lodges in Islamabad," The Express Tribune reported.
"Immediately after the incident took place, NAB Chairman Fasih Bokhari, Inspector General of Islamabad Police Bani Amin and other officials of NAB and police reached the Federal Lodges and declared it to be a case of suicide, based on initial investigations," it said.
Islamabad Police chief Bani Amin was quoted as saying by Geo News: "We are investigating from different angles... We will establish an opinion after the autopsy."
Faisal was assisting Investigation Officer Asgahr Khan in the RPP case.
The Pakistani Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned till Jan 23 the case accusing Ashraf of corruption, allowing the embattled leader a brief reprieve.
The directive came on a day when the country's anti-corruption chief has refused to arrest Ashraf in connection to Rental Power Projects (RPP) case as was directed by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
NAB chairman Fasih Bokhari reportedly said he did not have enough evidence to arrest the Prime Minister.
The court in turn directed Bokhari to submit the complete record of investigations into the power projects and adjourned the matter till Jan 23.
Bokhari had told the court he needed more time to decide whether Ashraf was needed to be arrested as initial investigation into the case was faulty, reports said.
"PM Ashraf was given the title of Raja Rental after he was accused of receiving kickbacks in the rental power projects. He was also accused of buying property in London from money earned through corruption in various scams," The Express Tribune earlier reported.
"On March 30, the apex court had directed the National Accountability Bureau to proceed against those who were in the post of minister for water and power from 2006 till the next general elections. As a result, on April 20, NAB issued arrest warrants for 33 persons, including Ashraf," the report said.