SC directs FIA to avoid harassing anyone during investigation


The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to avoid harassing anyone on the pretext of investigation.

The court also directed the agency to submit a comprehensive report regarding the estimated corruption in the sale and purchase of land of the Employees Old-age Benefit Institution (EOBI).

The directives were issued by a three-member bench of Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain during the hearing of a suo motu case regarding the multi-billion scam in the EOBI.

During the proceedings, the counsel for the Defence Housing Authority (DHA), Irfan Qadir pleaded for unfreezing the bank accounts of DHA.

The court asked the DHA’s counsel to show transactions of Rs 139.50 million, which were demanded by it during the previous hearing.

Qadir apprised the court that the DHA had already been submitting its weekly financial report to the Registrar’s Office. However, the bench said the statement of transactions should be presented to the court.

Tariq Mehmood, counsel for Eden Homes, apprised the court that his client had deposited Rs 976 million to the Registrar’s Office, but the EOBI did not hand over the possession of the confiscated property.

The bench asked EOBI’s counsel Ahmer Bilal Soofi to clear whether the EOBI required money or the land and submit a reply on the next date of hearing after consulting with the board of trustees.

Later, the court adjourned the hearing of the case until September 17.