KPk govt moves court to stop FIA from Peshawar BRT investigation

Investigation started on Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and KPk govt moves court to stop FIA from Peshawar BRT investigation.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPk) government under prime minister on Friday 11-jan-2020 contacted to Peshawar High Court’s (PHC) and challenged the investigation started by FIA pakistan. a probe into the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.

Provincial advocate MR. Shumail Ahmad says in a news press confress that govt. has prepared a civil petition to appeal in peshawar high court and expected judgment will be delivered on Jan-14-2020 that would be filed in the Supreme Court next week.

He said the CPLA had raised different legal points about the PHC order besides questioning the suo motu powers of the high court bench.

A high court bench consisting of Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth and Justice Ahmad Ali had decided on Nov 14 three petitions related to the BRT project affairs.

FIA has involved into this because The cost of the transport bus named BRT has raised from Rs49.453 billion in 2017 to Rs66.437 billion in 2018, and Rs73.320 billion in 2019 was take in the form of a loan from the ADB.

The project was to be completed in six months, due to a political announcement by the provincial government. This lead to the project being designed in haste and created many errors, Justice Seth wrote.

In addition, the “per kilometer cost of the BRT is Rs2.427 billion, which is exorbitantly high.”

Another PHC bench headed by Chief Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth had also ordered the National Accountability Bureau on July 17, 2018, to conduct proper probe and inquiry into the BRT affairs.

However, the provincial government and PDA filed a CPLA in the apex court requesting to set aside the high court order.

As a Supreme Court bench headed by the then chief justice, Mian Saqib Nisar, had suspended the high court’s order on Sept 4, 2018, the findings of the NAB’s inquiry didn’t see the light of day.

Published in, Jan 14th, 2020


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