Thursday, February 9, 2023

SC stops FIA to probe into BRT Peshawar project

SC stops FIA to probe into BRT Peshawar project
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday stopped the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to probe in Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Peshawar project. It is noteworthy that the Peshawar High Court had directed the FIA to probe into the BRT Peshawar project. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Umar Atta Bandiyal heard the case. During the hearing, the court questioned that when will the project be completed and what was its actual cost? The KP government’s counsel said the project will be completed by July 31, while the work on the project started in 2018. He maintained that the design of the project was also changed several times, he continued. The SC ordered authorities concerned to present details of the project in terms of its cost and completion and sought details of the undertaking from KP government. “A plaintiff moved the PHC to stop development work of the BRT project in front of his house. However, the PHC issued a verdict which the petitioner had not even requested for,” the lawyer mentioned. The top court set aside the Peshawar High Court verdict that ordered the FIA to probe into alleged financial irregularities in the BRT Peshawar project. The court stopped FIA to probe into mega project scam. The hearing was adjourned for an indefinite period by the court after serving notices to the respondents in the case.