KP moves SC against PHC orders to initiate probe into BRT

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Staff Reporter

Peshawa

The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tuesday moved Supreme Court of Pakistan challenging the order of the Peshawar High Court regarding investigation into the alleged corruption and irregularities in the mega project of Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
In order to stop the investigation, separate petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court’s registries of Islamabad and Peshawar by the Peshawar Development Authority and the provincial government, respectively.
Advocate Makhdoom Ali filed a plea with the Supreme Court’s registry in Islamabad.
Both petitions pleaded with the court to suspend the PHC’s order, and to prevent the Federal Investigation Agency from investigation into the BRT project.
The petitions maintained that the PHC’s order was against the law as the court did not properly review the facts. The Supreme Court has been further asked to nullify the decision of the PHC and that the FIA should be stopped from further inquiry before the top court gives its ruling in the petitions.
Earlier, the KP government had prepared a civil petition for leave to appeal (CPLA) against the PHC judgment delivered on Nov 14 order for the FIA to probe the alleged irregularities in the Peshawar BRT project.
The CPLA had raised different legal points about the PHC order besides questioning the suo motu powers of the high court bench. On Nov. 14, a high court bench consisting of Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth and Justice Ahmad Ali had decided three petitions related to the BRT project affairs.