The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the government for details of all rental power projects and the details of what the public is being charged for electricity production.

During case proceedings today, Chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry sought details of how much electricity the rental power plants were supposed to provide, how much they were producing and what the government has paid them so far.

The Supreme Court has constituted a one-man commission to investigate high-level corruption and government negligence vis-à-vis Rental Power Projects (RPPs), and directed it to submit a report within four weeks.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry nominated Justice (retd) Rehmat Hussain Jaffri as head of the commission.

Of the 19 rental power projects (RPPs) that the government has committed to, only one has come online as scheduled, adding only 62 megawatts of electricity to the national grid compared to the planned 2,700MW, according to a report by the Auditor-General of Pakistan released earlier this year.

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