PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) on Tuesday approached the Supreme Court against a Peshawar High Court’s (PHC) order that had directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to probe alleged irregularities in the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project within 45 days.
The provincial government submitted a request in the apex court’s Peshawar registry while the PDA submitted another petition in the top court, challenging the high court order.
Earlier this month, a five-member special inquiry team of the FIA had started its probe into alleged irregularities in the Peshawar BRT in line with the court’s directives.
On Dec 6, KP Advocate General Shumail Ahmad Butt said the government had prepared a civil petition for leave to appeal (CPLA) against the high court judgment delivered on Nov 14 that would be filed in the apex 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 in November decided three petitions related to the BRT project affairs.
Two petitioners, including Fazal Karim Afridi and Adnan Afridi, had challenged the raising of different structures of the project adjacent to their houses in Hayatabad Township.
Another petitioner, advocate Isa Khan, had requested the court to order the construction of overhead bridges or under-passes for pedestrians at a distance of not more than 100 meters. The bench had formulated 35 points, asking the FIA to probe the mega project and act accordingly.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government headed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has already missed six deadlines to finish the project.
Moreover, it has also decided to approach the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to conduct a forensic audit of the BRT project which has fallen massively short on its development targets, achieving mere six per cent progress in the past six months.
The ADB will decide who is responsible for the repeated delays in completing the project and carrying out low standard work. Once the bank gets hold of the forensic audit, the government will take legal action against the responsible elements.